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Anish Trivedi pens sequel to Jeffrey Archers novel for film

31 July 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

In what must qualify as a first in the field of literary adaptations author-columnist Anish Trivedi has written a sequel to international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer's novel First Among Equals. Now the story from First Among Equals is being carried forward by Trivedi in a screenplay entitled Dilli for a feature film to be produced by Sheetal Talwar. Though not much is being revealed about the project, it is understood that the screen-sequel to Jeffrey's novel is an Indo-Pak love story. Says producer Talwar, "All I can reveal at the moment is that that we've bought the rights to Jeffrey Archer's First Among Equals which we'll make into a television serial eventually. And yes. Anish Trivedi has written a sequel to First Among Equals. It is based in the present day cross-border politics." The sequel to Archer's novel will eventually be converted into a novel. Says Talwar, "We've authorized »

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Hansal Mehta - Jeffrey Archer to collaborate over Kane and Abel

24 July 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Hansal Mehta is all set to collaborate with the international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer over a film adaptation of the 1979 bestseller Kane & Abel. He has also finalized his favourite actor Rajkummar Yadav to play one of the protagonists. Interestingly, Hansal has earlier adapted Kane & Abel to television. Recounts the Shahid director, "I had done Kane & Abel for Zee TV in 1999. It was called 'Lakshya' and it starred Kay Kay Menon and Pramod Moutho as the two protagonists. It was a kind of game-changer on Indian television. But we were given the wrong telecast timing and the series never took off." Hansal has been desirous of taking the story to a larger screen and audience ever since Lakshya couldn't get the audience it deserved. Recently, Imtiaz Ali had converted his tele-film Highway (starring Aditya Shrivastava and Kartika Rane) into a feature film featuring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. Alas, »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Class of '92 directors for biopic of Real Madrid star Laurie Cunningham

10 June 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Class of '92 directors Ben and Gabe Turner are to make a feature film about Laurie Cunningham.

The footballer, who died in a car crash in Madrid in 1983, was only the second black player to be capped for England and went on to inspire a generation of black footballers.

The Turner brothers - who also directed documentary First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story for ITV - told Digital Spy they hope to be shooting the biopic by the end of the year.

"One of our long-term projects was to have a crack at making a biopic," explained Ben.

"We had originally done the research to make a film about Laurie and then it became topical, so we got to do the documentary.

"Laurie is an incredible character and has huge cultural significance."

The filmmakers revealed that they are working with their Class of '92 producer Leo Pearlman »

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Kush Sinha to direct show based on Jeffrey Archer novel

28 May 2014 4:47 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

His sister is one of the most sought after actress in Bollywood while his father, is a veteran star and politician and now, Kush Sinha, who had long ago expressed his wish to make a career behind the camera has taken his first step towards his dream. Kush wants to direct a serial based on the famous Jeffrey Archer novel 'First Among Equals'.

Sheetal Talwar who has produced films like Rann and Mausam, will be producing the serial and it is being said that she has bought the rights of the novel for about Rs. 1.5 crores. Kush believes that the content in the novel is apt for Indian television since it has a lot of depth and complexity. Also, it is being said that the serial will be produced in a grand scale and will be one of the most expensive serials to be produced in recent times. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Sundance Film Review: ‘A Most Wanted Man’

19 January 2014 11:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Intelligence is both the subject and the approach of Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” a meticulously plotted, steadily absorbing Hamburg-set drama that casts a cynical yet compassionate eye on the complexities of counterterrorist work in the post-9/11 era. Adopting the same cool, methodical approach that he did in his offbeat procedural “The American,” Corbijn succeeds here in large part because his attention to nuance and detail so fully complements that of the German operatives at the story’s core. Starring the Teuton-accented trio of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Willem Dafoe, a risky casting decision that ultimately pays off, this decidedly low-pulse endeavor will put off viewers who like their spy thrillers with a bit more oomph, but should court plenty of intrigue among discerning arthouse-goers who see the name “John le Carre” and know what they’re in for.

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- Justin Chang

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