Justin Kurzel is working on an adaptation of Shantaram, based on Gregory David Roberts’ best-selling novel of the same name. Apple picked up the project over a year ago and had been developing the project with the intention of going straight to series. Shantaram has just been given the greenlight with Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam slated to lead the series. Eric Warren Singer, the writer behind American Hustle, will be scripting the series.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are behind the series, which follows the story of Lin (Hunnam), 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.
Shantaram has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide with 6 million copies sold.