Now, film adaptation of Slumdog writer’s second book to make millions

May 24th, 2009 - 12:49 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 24 (ANI): A British film producer is relishing the chance to adapt ‘Slumdog Millionare’ author Vikas Swarup’s second book into a movie.

Paul Raphael is said to have joined forces with BBC Films and ‘Trainspotting’ screenwriter John Hodge to make a film based on ‘Six Suspects’, a Delhi-set murder mystery.

The rights to make a film on Six Suspects is being seen as a compensation for Raphael because he had also tried to obtain rights to make a film on Slumdog Millionare, but discovered that they had already gone.

He was given an exclusive peek at Swarup’s second novel and optioned it last year, several months before Slumdog was released and became a box office phenomenon.

Hollywood studios anxious to join the project are now said to have swamped Raphael with calls.

“The success of Slumdog has transformed interest in the project,” the Daly Express quoted Raphael as telling from the Cannes Film Festival.

“I’m very lucky to have a property that can benefit from the reality of the way films get made and marketed these days,” he added.

Describing the plot, Raphael said: “I read about a hundred pages and just knew that I wanted to do it. It’s a great whodunnit in a very unusual setting.”

He further said that just like Slumdog, the second book also offered a kaleidoscopic portrait of modern India.

He said that it is about a murdered playboy and the six suspects who all had reason to kill him, including a Bollywood actress, a mobile phone salesman and an illiterate boy.

“It has a lot to say about modern India. All the suspects are from completely different walks of life. It’s very original and has a distinct voice and sense of humour and John Hodge will bring something amazing to it,” said Raphael.

The 10million-pound Six Suspects goes into production next year. (ANI)

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