Slumdog Millionaire writer's next novel optioned
The next novel from the writer Vikas Swarup, the author of Q&A which is the novel which was adapted into Slumdog Millionaire, has just had his next novel optioned.
Having just seen Slumdog Millionaire nay two hours ago, I'd say this is an interesting prospect, even before reading anything about the novel.
“Agatha Christie meets Elmore Leonard in Delhi”
Sounds interesting, and The Times quote on the novel goes like this:
“It's unusual, witty, quirkly, cleverly plotted, intelligent, and along the way it's an informative satire on Indian politics and values”
Here's one of the blurbs for the novel:
“There's a caste system even in murder. Seven years ago, Vivek 'Vicky' Rai, the playboy son of Cabinet Minister, murdered Ruby Gill at a trendy restaurant in New Delhi simply because she refused to serve him a drink. Now Vicky Rai is dead, killed at his farmhouse at a party he had thrown to celebrate his acquittal. Six guests are discovered with guns in their possession - and each one is equally likely to have pulled the trigger. Who are these six suspects? And what were they doing in the farmhouse that night? In this elaborate mystery, we join Arun Advani, India's best-known investigative journalist, as the lives of these six suspects unravel before our eyes. Ingeniously plotted, "Six Suspects" is the work of a master storyteller.”
Raphael has an eighteen month option on the novel and so he's off looking for a scriptwriter right now. I think after seeing Slumdog Millionaire that he's not going to have a great problem getting the backing to get the film moving forward.
There's not much else about the plans for the films over at The Hollywood Reporter, but the blurb and comments about the novel are interesting enough, never mind the fact that his novel is the story behind the excellent Slumdog Millionaire.
I'm definitely interested and I think this is a project to keep an eye on. Has anyone read the novel and can give us an idea about it?