Egyptian actor Youssef El Sherif’s TV series “The end”, was one of the most-watched soap opera in Ramadan.
The series is a Sci-fi genre and is set in a period far away from the present, traveling 100 years to the future, where its events lay in the year of 2120.
It was based on an idea by El Sherif, which will be written by Amr Samir Atef, directed by Yasser Samy, and produced by Synergy production company.
The dystopian series witnessed El Sherif’s return to Ramadan drama marathon, after two years of absence, as the actor’s last participation in the drama marathon in 2017, with his TV series “Kafr Delhab”.
It also witnessed the third cooperation between the actor and Synergy after “Kafr Delhab”, and “Caesar”.
Was “The End” Stolen?
Atef has put the wheels in motion and began penning the script for its sequel. The series is moving forward with its second part, amid claims that it stole from prominent Algerian novelist Waciny Laredj latest novel, “The last Arab 2084”.
Laredj revealed early June his plan to sue the makers of the TV series. He also launched a media campaign, during which he announced the details of the similar parts in the work and its basic ideas, which bears a striking resemblance to the events of the series.
The prominent writer also started the campaign first through a live-stream broadcast on his personal account on social networking website Facebook, then with an article written in the pan-Arab daily newspaper “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”, from which Arab news outlets websites and newspapers circulated the story.
The prominent novelist explained that there is a difference between quoting as well as being affected by the work and to share creative thoughts, and deliberately stealing.
The novelist did not pay much attention to the matter until after receiving many messages from his readers and followers, who noticed the great similarity between the novel and the drama production that was screened in Ramadan.
“The case is being turned to the Egyptian judiciary and the International Court of Copyright through a lawyer from the literature house that published the novel and through a lawyer from the International Agency for the preservation of copyright and I will not be silenced because it is a scandal,” Laredj told “SEE” in a statement.
“I didn’t find a reason to contact the author, because it is not a matter of debate. I shall accuse of producer, not the author because he is primarily responsible for the work,” he added.
This year’s Ramadan arrived amid coronavirus a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has infected more than one million people and killed over 234,139 worldwide. It also hit several celebrities and top political figures around the world.
On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus a global pandemic as the new virus has rapidly spread to more than 800,000 people from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
Transmission of viruses between humans happens when someone comes into contact with an infected person’s secretions, such as droplets in a cough.
Coronavirus can also be transmitted by coming into contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
It is known that older people appear to be more vulnerable to the effects of the emerging virus.
The virus caused complete paralysis in all activities and events with large gatherings worldwide due to concerns over the spread of the virus.
People across the globe partake in self-isolation for 14 days as an effective precautionary measure to protect those around them and themselves from contracting COVID-19.
It is worth mentioning that Muhammed Esmaeel, known as Youssef El Sherif, is an Egyptian actor and former football player.
He was born in Cairo on December 14, 1978. El Sherif graduated from Ain Shams University with a mechanical engineer degree.
El Sherif also played Karate in international championships in Tunisia and Hungary as well as played football and volleyball at Al Ahly SC.
He made his acting debut in 2004 movie “7playing cards” co-starring Ruby, following which he co-starred in several TV series and movies such as “fattah eenek”, “Ala Naar Hadi’a”, “el amel 1001”, and “Heya Fawda”.
El Sherif rose to stardom in 2012 when he co-starred in TV series “Al Moatn Ex”.
He soon became known for co-starring in complex TV series such as “Kafr Delhab, “El-Caesar”, “Leaabet Eblis”, “El Sayyad”, “Ism Moaqat”, and “Rakam Maghol”.