We mentioned earlier that Apple is all in to solidify a spot in the original video content industry and partnering with producer J.J. Abrams on a show called “Little Voices”. Now barely in less than 48 hours, Apple has also landed the rights to develop a TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts’ 2003 novel “Shantaram.”
The 2003 novel tells the story of Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide and sold over six million copies.
Apple is employing both straight-to-series orders and deals for projects it takes in to develop for straight-to-series consideration. Anonymous Content and Paramount TV earlier this year won a monthlong bidding war for the rights to Roberts’ sprawling 2004 novel set in Australia and India about love, forgiveness, courage and redemption. A deal was also made for rights to Robert’s sequel novel The Mountain Shadow.
“American Hustle” screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will serve as the showrunner and executive producer of the new Apple series. Singer also worked on “The International”, “Only the Brave”, and wrote the script for the upcoming sequel “Top Gun: Maverick.”
“I’m honoured and humbled in equal measure as a writer, and thrilled for the many readers who have hoped that Shantaram would become a vivid screen experience,” Roberts said at the time of Par TV and Anonymous’ deal for the book. “Television is the perfect medium for the novel.”
Apple has been very efficient and productive in ordering original video content, bagging back to back titles in short span of time. The company earlier ordered a series called See from Steven Knight, an animated show Bob’s Burgers from Damien Chazelle, Little Voices by JJ Abrams, as well as a series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.