Sacha Baron Cohen's Next Comedy 'THE DICTATOR' to Open Worldwide on May 11, 2012

By Paramount Pictures Corporation, PRNE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Larry Charles Comes Aboard To Direct, And Scott Rudin To Produce

HOLLYWOOD, California, January 20, 2011 - Paramount Pictures announced today that Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy
THE DICTATOR will be released worldwide on May 11, 2012. The studio also
announced that Larry Charles ("Borat," "Bruno") has come aboard to direct.


The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to
ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly
oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel "Zabibah and The King" by
Saddam Hussein.

Producing alongside Baron Cohen are Scott Rudin, Alec Berg, Jeff
, and David Mandel. The project marks the first collaboration for
Rudin ("The Social Network," "True Grit") and Baron Cohen, while Berg,
Schaffer and Mandel (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) join him as
screenwriters on the movie. The movie is the latest collaboration between
Baron Cohen and Charles, who previously worked together on "Borat" as well as
"Bruno." Dan Mazer ("Borat," "Bruno"), Ant Hines ("Borat," "Bruno") and Peter
("Borat") will serve as executive producers, reuniting the rest of
the Academy Award(R)-nominated and Golden Globe winning "Borat" team. Todd
("Borat," "Bruno") is co-producing under Baron Cohen's Four By Two
Films banner.

Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen and David Mandel are repped by WME. Dan
, Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer are repped by UTA.

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