United Arab Emirates Latest Country to Shelve 'Exodus' Release (Report)
"This movie is under our review and we found that there are many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too. So, we will not release it in the UAE," one official was quoted saying
As with Darren Aronofsky's big-budget version of Noah, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings is facing some resistance in Middle Eastern countries, with multiple nations reportedly shelving the title's release.
The United Arab Emirates became the latest country to bar the release of the film, according to a report from English language Dubai newspaper Gulf News.
“This movie is under our review and we found that there are many mistakes not only about Islam but other religions too. So, we will not release it in the UAE,” said National Media Council official Juma Obeid Al Leem to Gulf News.
20th Century Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The reasoning appears similar to a statement from the censorship board in Egypt, which cited "historical inaccuracies" for banning the film, BBC News reported on Dec. 26.
Morocco, where Exodus was partially shot, also reportedly will not release the film.
The biblical epic, starring Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as pharaoh Ramses, has grossed nearly $50 million stateside and over $100 million globally since its release in December.