Shantaram will be adapted into a television series

Shantaram will be adapted into a television series

Man of God's Peace

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Instagram | @nkaur2006

Shantaram, everyone's essential read back in school will now be a television series produced by the same guys behind Netflix's 13 Reasons Why

While talks about a proposed film adaptation of Shantaram by Warner Brothers had everyone excited in 2013, things seemed to have died down for the project, which promised The Great Gatsby's Joel Edgerton to star as the protagonist, with Johnny Depp as one of the producers. The Aussie-born Edgerton seemed to fit the main role in a 900-something-page book about Lin, a bank robber who escapes from prison before finding his way to Mumbai where he reinvents himself as a doctor with the name Shantaram, which means 'Man of God's Peace'.

Part autobiographical, part fictional, Shantaram was the 2004 debut novel of Aussie writer, Gregory David Roberts. While serving a prison sentence in Australia, the then heroin addict escaped to India where he lived for 10 years before being caught. The story of love, forgiveness and redemption set in the slums of one of India's most popular and widely misunderstood cities, Shantaram became an international bestseller. Fans of the book can even see Mumbai through the author's eyes in The Original Shantaram tour.

You can soon relive the story's characters and see them come to life. A television series will soon be in the works to revive your interest in the novel. Anonymous Content and Paramount TV have secured the rights for a television adaptation. They were recently most known for the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why. "Television is the perfect medium for the novel," said Roberts in a statement. If Edgerton's getting a little impatient with how the film project's coming along, perhaps he might consider landing the role in television instead.

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