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'Shantaram' TV series in the works

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

A television series based on Mumbai-set novel, "Shantaram", is in the works.

Paramount Television and its frequent collaborator Anonymous Content have landed the rights to the best-selling novel after a month-long, multiple outlet bidding war, according to The

The mob drama was previously supposed to be a feature film, featuring and Amitabh Bachchan, with and as producers and as

The two companies have also acquired the rights to Roberts' follow-up novel, "The Mountain Shadow".

Anonymous Content's and Steve Golin, and will executive produce.

"As a huge admirer of the material, I've been tracking this book for more than a decade," Golin said in a statement.

"Shantaram" is a semi-autobiographical novel about an escaped Australian convict who finally ends up in Mumbai's underworld.

Roberts said, "I'm honored and humbled in equal measure as a writer, and thrilled for the many readers who have hoped that 'Shantaram' would become a vivid screen experience.

"Television is the perfect medium for the novel, and and at Anonymous Content are the perfect partners.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 15:30 IST