In a win for progress, feminism, equality, and the global automobile industry, Saudi Arabia has legalized women drivers. The countries’ monarchy and its religious police have enforced fundamentalist codes of wahhabism, but modernism is slowly finding its way to the country. The law is a sign of hope and progress for the citizens of Saudi Arabia day except for local film maker who lost his funding for the Saudi Arabia remake of Driving Miss Daisy remake.
“Plot and causality is very important for good film making,” Prince Turki of the Saudi Royal family and aspiring filmmaker said, “the film with Morgan Freeman driving that mean old woman around but becoming her friend, made me cry as a young boy. It’s work I have wanted to remake and make it Wahhabist friendly, but now, women are driving–it no longer works as a film. It’s a shame it was the perfect plot device and represented our countries values perfectly. But now, what values do we really have? Now that the King granted women to drive, I have lost funding for my film and I no longer recognize my own country.”
Prince Turki represents a lot of views of men in Saudi Arabia who are disenchanted by prospects of women driving. While many women silently rejoice for the opportunity to drive, men like Prince Turki feel heavy and mixed emotion, “Now, I have to reevaluate what is the important and what is an American film I should remake in Saudi Arabia’s image. Right now I’m leaning towards filming Can’t Hardly Wait. I relate to the existential angst of American 1990s teens.”