Monday, January 17, 2011

[for Veena]

...but also for other Ponniyin Selvan obssessed readers:
After making several films with contemporary themes but with elements of history or mythology, director Mani Ratnam is now set to embark on an ambitious venture of converting Kalki's epic novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan' into a film.
Sources involved in the project said it would be a big-budget film requiring over Rs. 200 crore and Kalanidhi Maran's Sun Pictures is likely to be the producer although the agreement is yet to be finalised.
Mr. Mani Ratnam is planning a full-fledged adaptation of the novel, instead of culling out a few episodes from the narrative. Industry sources say the director has roped in noted Tamil writer Jayamohan to pen the dialogues for the film.
More here. (A news item I seem to have missed but found because of the ever-informative Spy Maami*)
*Ok, so I still read some blogs and some people's tweets.


Fëanor said...

More swashbuckling, then? Haven't read it, although am told that it's rip-roaring stuff... Is the English translation out of print now?

Space Bar said...

Feanor: Indeed, more swashbuckling! It's fantastic stuff but - though there was a six-volume set out a few years ago - I think it is once again out of print. Will look out for 'em for you.

The Alatriste was much fun. I'm a sucker spot for that kind of stuff. :D

Veena said...

Feanor: Someone stole my Volume 1 but if you don't mind starting with Vol 2, just trudge up North one of these days.

SB: I wouldn't take this seriously - every other year, someone says they are going to make a movie and nothing happens. Last time it was Kamalhassan.

Though, considering the "first family" connection and their need to launder mindboggling amounts of rupees, maybe this will go through.

Space Bar said...

veena: i certainly hope so! it will also make the film more piquant, don't you think?