Movie director Ridley Scott is being guarded by hundreds of soldiers on location in Morocco - after receiving death threats from Islamic extremists upset about his new movie.

The 'terrorists' are offended by battle scenes in Scott's new movie about the Crusades, Kingdom of Heaven, particularly those between Christian King RICHARD THE LIONHEART and Muslim SARACEN soldiers.

A crew member reveals, "There is concern, but everyone is getting on with the job in hand."

King Mohammed of Morocco has ordered increased security for the Gladiator director and the cast which includes Liam Neeson, Kiera Chaplin and JEREMY IRONS.

22/03/2004 13:32