The estate of belated billionaire Kirk Kerkorian is remaining true to the businessman and philanthropist’s vow to bring the disputed Armenian genocide towards the screen that is big.
The late Las Vegas casino mogul Kirk Kerkorian earmarked $100 million of his own fortune to make a film about the alleged Armenian genocide.
Kerkorian, perhaps one of the most crucial figures in developing Las Vegas because it’s known today, passed away in 2015 at the age of 98 with an estimated net worth of $4 billion. But before he passed, the former majority owner of MGM Resorts pledged $100 million to make a movie that highlighted the horrific events that happened between 1915 and 1923 in Armenia.
The Ottoman government systematically exterminated some 1.5 million Armenians over a span of roughly eight years. But its successor, the Republic of Turkey, denies genocide ever took place.
Funded by Kerkorian, ‘The Promise’ is a new movie that sets out to bring the Armenian conflict to theaters across the nation. It informs the fictional tale of the love triangle taking spot in 1915 Armenia.
The film is directed by Terry George, whose credits include ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ the 2004 drama that handled the Rwanda genocide, and movie stars Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, and Charlotte LeBon.
‘The movie is just a love tale set in the 1st World War in Turkey at the start of and through the genocide that is armenian’ Geo (more…)