International Amazon Original Series Jungle Prince of Delhi will be based on a story from the New York Times in collaboration with Sister Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment.
Amazon Studios secured the exclusive rights to develop The New York Times’ and Ellen Barry’s acclaimed story and podcast, The Jungle Prince of Delhi. a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist, a mesmerizing story of the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats living in a ruined palace in the Indian capital, claiming to be the heirs to a fallen kingdom. The show will be directed and produced by filmmaker Mira Nair.
The Jungle Prince of Delhi is slated to be an international series that tells the incredible personal story of this displaced family, set against the backdrop of the partition of India, and fits with Amazon Studios’ goals of developing and producing content for a global audience.
Exciting news: The Jungle Prince, my piece about one of Delhi's great legends, a mysterious family who lived in a ruined palace in the forest, will be adapted for a series by the great @MiraPagliNair, Amazon & Sister Pictures, the producers of Chernobyl. https://t.co/2IM5QakpBP
— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) July 9, 2020
The in-demand project came together via collaboration among the producing team of Stacey Snider, Jane Featherstone and Kate Fenske/SISTER, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff’s Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, and Christina Lurie’s Fourth and Twenty Eight Films who are joining forces to produce with Ms Barry and Caitlin Roper of The New York Times.
Statement from Ms Roper, head of scripted entertainment at The New York Times: “Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ellen Barry’s beautifully written tale of the Oudh family revealed deeper truths rooted in the violence and trauma of the partition of India. The moving story, and the 3-part audio series for The Times’s podcast, The Daily, were the result of years of reporting and investigation across continents. Since its publication, The Times has been searching for the right partners to expand the story’s reach and we are thrilled to work with the incomparable Mira Nair, and to be producing The Jungle Prince series with Amazon Studios alongside Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, SISTER, and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films.”
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Mira Nair is an Indian-American filmmaker. Her production company, Mirabai Films, specializes in films for international audiences on Indian society, whether in the economic, social or cultural spheres. In order to gain the best education available, Nair applied to Western schools and at nineteen she was offered a full scholarship to Cambridge University, but ultimately turned it down and instead accepted a full scholarship to Harvard University. At the start of her film-making career, Nair primarily made documentaries in which she explored Indian cultural tradition. For her film thesis at Harvard between 1978 and 1979, Nair produced a black-and-white film titled Jama Masjid Street Journal. In the eighteen-minute film, Nair explored the streets of Old Delhi and had casual conversations with Indian locals. Nair said to Image Journal in 2017 that she chose directing over any other art form because it was collaborative. "That’s why I am neither a photographer nor writer," she said. "I like to work with people, and my strength, if any, is that. Working with life." Her must watch films are Salaam Bombay, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, and The Namesake. #miranair #femaledirector #femalecaptain #amazingdirector #indianlady #filmmaker #kamasutra #thenamesake #salaambombay #assistantdirectors #assistantdirector #lovefilms #lovefilmmaking #filmlovers
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