It looks like Geert Wilders’ visit to Hollywood has paid off: he’ll have professional filmmaking assistance on his sequel to Fitna.
In addition, he says that he will tackle the crucial issue of free speech in the new movie. According to NIS:
Wilders Announces Fitna Sequel
THE HAGUE, 17/04/09 — MP Geert Wilders is preparing a follow-up to his anti-Islam film Fitna. The sequel is set to be finished in 2010.
For his new film Wilders says he is receiving help from professional filmmakers in the United States. “I have received offers from people in New York and Hollywood who have in the past made films shown in Dutch cinemas”. The Party for Freedom (PVV) leader declined to give names.
Wilders announced Fitna II in yesterday’s edition of De Telegraaf. “It will not be a copy of Fitna”. “This is the next phase”, the PVV leader told the newspaper. “I now wish to illustrate the consequences of mass immigration from Muslim countries, to which our doors are open”.
The controversial first film was chiefly a complaint against the Koran. Wilders warns that part two will once again be hefty, not least towards Islamic countries. “It will by no means be less peppery than the first film”.
Important issues in part two will be freedom of speech and the strict Islamic law known as sharia. “In addition, I will be offering solutions”, says Wilders, who is travelling to Florida next week to raise funds and discuss the film further.
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With the announcement of the new film, Wilders is according to De Telegraaf making it clear that he does not intend to await the outcome of the criminal proceedings against him in the Netherlands. Partly based on Fitna, an appeal court in Amsterdam recently decided that Wilders must be prosecuted for inciting hatred, a verdict sending the PVV up in the polls. One major poll says the party would be the biggest in the Lower House if elections were held now.
“We must attack more and go on the offensive”, says Wilders, who wishes to campaign even more intensely against Islam. “We must hit back. Therefore I have no intention of awaiting the trial”.
When Fitna was announced in late 2007, it caused much concern within the cabinet. Prime Minister Balkenende repeatedly stated that he expected outbreaks of violence from Muslims. According to insiders he even attempted to ban the film as a preventive measure, but this proved legally impossible. When Wilders eventually put the film on the Internet on 27 March 2008, the commotion remained restricted to several small demonstrations in a few countries.
Hat tip: TB.