Moustapha Akkad

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Moustapha Al Akkad (مصطفى العقاد; July 1, 1930 – November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American film producer and director, best known for producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert.wikipedia
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The Message (1976 film)

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Moustapha Al Akkad (مصطفى العقاد; July 1, 1930 – November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American film producer and director, best known for producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert.
The Message (الرسالة Ar-Risālah; originally known as Mohammad, Messenger of God) is a 1976 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Islamic prophet Muhammad through the perspective of his uncle Hamza ibn Abdul-Muttalib and adopted son Zayd ibn Harithah.

Lion of the Desert

Moustapha Al Akkad (مصطفى العقاد; July 1, 1930 – November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American film producer and director, best known for producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert.
It was directed by Moustapha Akkad and funded by the government under Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

2005 Amman bombings

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He was killed along with his daughter Rima Al Akkad Monla in the 2005 Amman bombings.
Seven hotel employees were killed in this blast, as were Syrian-American movie producer Moustapha Akkad and his daughter, Rima.

Halloween (franchise)

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Moustapha Al Akkad (مصطفى العقاد; July 1, 1930 – November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American film producer and director, best known for producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert.
After viewing John Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct for them a film about a psychotic killer stalking babysitters.

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Moustapha Al Akkad (مصطفى العقاد; July 1, 1930 – November 11, 2005) was a Syrian American film producer and director, best known for producing the original series of Halloween films and directing The Message and Lion of the Desert.

Aleppo College

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He received his high school degree from the Aleppo American College.

Halloween (1978 film)

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In 1978, he helped make low-budget film history when he produced Halloween.
After viewing Carpenter's film Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) at the Milan Film Festival, independent film producer Irwin Yablans and financier Moustapha Akkad sought out Carpenter to direct a film for them about a psychotic killer that stalked babysitters.

Aleppo

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Al Akkad was born on July 1, 1930 in Aleppo in the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon.

Appointment with Fear (film)

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Appointment with Fear, also known as Deadly Presence, is a 1985 American horror film directed by Ramsey Thomas for Moustapha Akkad and Moviestore Entertainment.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

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Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad, who had produced the first two films, filmed Halloween III on a budget of $2.5 million.

Free Ride (1986 film)

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Free Ride is a 1986 comedy film by Moustapha Akkad.

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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After Halloween III: Season of the Witch, executive producer Moustapha Akkad wanted to move further with the series, and bring back Michael Myers.

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

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After the less than enthusiastic response to Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers which came out only a year after Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, producer Moustapha Akkad put the series on hold to re-evaluate its potential.

Halloween II (1981 film)

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Halloween executive producers Irwin Yablans and Moustapha Akkad invested heavily in the sequel, boasting a much larger budget than its predecessor: $2.5 million (compared to only $320,000 for the original).

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

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While the previous film was still in theaters, Moustapha Akkad had already laid out plans for Halloween 5.

Halloween: Resurrection

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The writers of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later were left with a dilemma when Jamie Lee Curtis wanted to end the series, but Moustapha Akkad had a clause that legally wouldn't allow the writers to kill Michael Myers off.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

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Carpenter rationalized this by believing the hefty fee was compensation for revenue he had never received from the original Halloween, a matter that was still a contention between Carpenter and Halloween producer Moustapha Akkad even after twenty years.

Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon

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Al Akkad was born on July 1, 1930 in Aleppo in the French Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon.

Customs officer

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His father, then a customs officer, gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran before he left for the United States to study film direction and production at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Quran

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His father, then a customs officer, gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran before he left for the United States to study film direction and production at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

United States

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His father, then a customs officer, gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran before he left for the United States to study film direction and production at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Master's degree

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Akkad spent a further three years studying for a Master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), where he met the director Sam Peckinpah.

University of Southern California

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Akkad spent a further three years studying for a Master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), where he met the director Sam Peckinpah.

Sam Peckinpah

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Akkad spent a further three years studying for a Master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), where he met the director Sam Peckinpah.

Algerian War

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Peckinpah became Akkad's mentor in Hollywood and hired him as a consultant for a film about the Algerian War that never made it to the big screen, but he continued to encourage him until he found a job as a producer at CBS.