Danny Boyle may not be directing a remake of the Korean film "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" or the un-produced script "Texas Killing Fields," but he may turn his attention back to Mumbai following the success of his Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Boyle now owns the film rights to Suketu Mehta's "Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," a book of essays on Mumbai life, also a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
Boyle purchased the rights in May for an undisclosed sum, according to The Wall Street Journal. Choosing to direct "Maximum City" next could bring Boyle full circle after having used the book as a resource while he was making "Slumdog."
"'Maximum City,' became my Bible, really," Boyle told Seattle Weekly last year while speaking about the making of his 2008 film, which took home an Oscar for Best Picture. "I took [the book] with me everywhere. I felt part of the time we were adapting that."
The painstakingly researched non-fiction volume weaves together multiple narratives that Mehta compiled by following some of Mumbai’s policemen, crime lords, dancers and religious figures. In it, the New York-based journalist contrasts the larger story he pulled together in India against experiences in his newfound U.S. home.
Boyle has already proven himself competent at dealing with the mixed commentary on class and culture in his previous work, and with "Slumdog" fresh on people's minds and DVD rental queues, an adaptation of "Maximum City" may be a logical next step for him.
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