“Mosul” was launched on Netflix around Thanksgiving and became one of the streamer’s most watched movies in Europe and the Middle East.
Joe and Anthony Russo talk about their Netflix action project “Mosul” in the wake of its cast members allegedly receiving death threats from ISIS. “Mosul”, produced by the Russo brothers and directed by Matthew Michael Carnahan, premiered on November 26, 2020 on Netflix and then became one of the streamer’s most watched films in Europe and the Middle East. Starring Suhail Dabbach and Adam Bessa, “Mosul” is an Iraqi Arab war thriller that follows a SWAT police team’s mission to exterminate ISIS members who killed their loved ones.
“When I posted on my social media that the movie was going to come out, the first day there was a lot from ISIS,”
Carnahan said death threats have been “a terrible by-product” of the film’s high number of viewers abroad, with Joe Russo adding that it “has certainly been a nervous experience for the actors.”
“It’s never a pleasant feeling to violate your privacy, and it’s scary to receive death threats from anonymous sources,” said Joe Russo. “We feel it has been handled expertly by Netflix and by our own security team.”
During the creation of “Mosul” in Morocco, the Russo brothers’ AGBO production company used the TigerSwan security service to protect the cast and crew from potential ISIS threats and took extra measures to prevent the film’s ISIS history from leaking. AGBO again turned to TigerSwan to ensure the safety of the cast after the film’s release and the rise in death threats.
“I just want to say that we have taken this very seriously,” Anthony Russo told Deadline. “We knew the film was provocative and potentially dangerous for everyone involved. We took the highest security measures we could think of, and we were familiar with that process after working on the Marvel movies. ”
“This was a whole new level of secrecy,” Anthony continued. “We did not distribute scripts, we had a code name for the movie and pulled every ISIS reference out of scripts when we had to distribute them, so they were never explicitly mentioned as they were in the movie. We had the best security people working with us, but there was still danger, but we had to be in a Middle Eastern country to make the film like we did. We were exposed to and had to do as responsibly as we could, but everyone felt it was worth the risk. ”
According to Deadline: “Dabbachs family has received similar intimidating threats, and his co-star Adam Besa, who plays the policeman who is being dragged into the SWAT team, saw his Instagram page being cleared and he has been threatened on WhatsApp. These threats were traced to Turkey. Both the film’s financier AGBO, Netflix and 101 Studios have taken it seriously enough to lead the internal security forces to step in and ensure that everyone is safe. ”
“Mosul” is now streaming on Netflix.