The production company announced it will suspend the series until a committee of history specialists and scriptwriting professors shares its views on the controversy.
The CEO of United Media Services has announced that it will suspend the TV series El-Malek (The King), which tells the story of the Egyptian pharaoh King Ahmose, after the show’s trailer was criticised by social media users for alleged historical inaccuracies.
The criticism was directed mainly at Amr Youssef, who portrays Ahmose, with claims that his beard is not historically accurate. People also said that the costumes shown in the trailer failed to represent the era accurately.
Following the criticism, the production company United Media Services announced it will suspend the series until a committee of history specialists and scriptwriting professors shares its views on the controversy.
The series stars Amr Youssef, Maged El-Masry, Saba Mubarak, Reem Mostafa and Mohamed Lotfi, with a screenplay by Mohammad Diab, Khaled Diab and Sherine Diab. It is directed by Hussein Al-Manbawi and produced by Synergy.
The series is based on Naguib Mahfouz’s novel Thebes at War, which revolves around King Ahmose and his expulsion of the Hyksos.