EXCLUSIVE : Former Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunam returns to television as the lead on Apple's fast-paced international drama Shantaram, I learned.
Apple is involved in a project based on Gregory's best-selling novel, David Roberts, over a year ago in a competitively evolving situation to view the series directly.
Shantaram is a native of Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which won a monthly bidding war on the rights of Roberts' 2004 novel set in Australia in early 2018. and India, which explores love, forgiveness, courage, and redemption, as well as Robert's next novel, The Mountain of Shadows.
Written by Eric Warren Singer ( American Hus ), Shantaram tells the story of Lynn (Hunam), an escaped Australian prison prisoner who sought to escape the devastated city of Bombay. Torn apart from his family and friends by distance and fortune, he finds new life in India's poor neighborhoods, bars and underworld.
Justin Kurzel ( Assassin & # 39; s Creed ) is set to direct the first two episodes of the 10-episode series.
Singer and Kurzel CEO produces with former Fear of the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson, Steve Golin, Anonymous Content, as well as Nicole Clemens, Andrea Baron and Richard Sharren. Initially, Clemens was an executive producer on behalf of Anonymous along with Golin and played a key role in bringing the project together and creating it at Apple. Last fall, she was named president of Paramount Television and continues to work on Shantaram which is a co-production between Anonymous and Paramount TV.
The series is expected to start production in Australia and India in October with a $ 5 million tax incentive from the Australian Government.
The book, published in 39 languages in 42 territories around the world with 6 million copies sold, has long been pursued for film adaptation. There have been various attempts at feature films since 2004, when Warner Bros. paid $ 2 million for the book's rights to the production of Johnny Depp's Inifinitum Nihil and GK Films. Depp originally intended to play the lead role before the movie was derailed by the writer’s strike. In 2013, Depp invited Joel Ederton to participate, but the movie never went down.
British actor Hunam, who became a household name with his lead role as Jackson & # 39; Jax & # 39; Teller in the hugely popular FX drama Sons From Anarchy he is featured in such features as Pacific Rim, Triple Border r and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. He was in Toronto last week for the premiere of the latest TIFF movie Jungleland, directed by Max Winkler.
Hunam is reiterated by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.