The Australian director behind one of this year’s most acclaimed films – ‘Macbeth’ – is to helm a new film based on the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai.
Deadline reports that Justin Kurzel will adapt ‘The Siege: 68 Hours Inside the Taj Hotel’ by the British journalists Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark for the big screen.
According to reports, Kurzel intends to give the story the same narrative style of films based on other true life events, such as Ridley Scott’s frighteningly realistic ‘Black Hawk Down’ and Paul Greengrass’ high-seas pirate drama ‘Captain Phillips’.
The combination of the book and director Kurzel is an intriguing one for film fans and historians alike, given that previous big screen retellings of the attacks – films such as Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘The Attacks of 26/11’ have been insipid at best.
The authors Levy and Scott-Clark are experienced investigative journalists and their reportage driven account from inside the Taj is arguably the most exhaustive and hard-hitting account of the attacks.
It is painstakingly researched and tells the personal stories of heroism and heartbreak from inside the hotel – one of the most recognizable buildings in India and a symbol of the tragedy.
Kurzel meanwhile is no stranger to adaptations of real-life tragedies.
His directorial debut was the acclaimed ‘Snowtown’, about a series of murders in South Australia.
Kurzel’s mesmerizing 2015 adaptation of ‘Macbeth’, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard was chosen to compete for the Palme D’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Kurzel will reportedly start work on the Mumbai project after completing ‘Assassin’s Creed’, the film adaptation of the hit video game series.