Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Last week it was revealed that Danny Boyle had purchased the screen rights to Suketu Mehta‘s 2004 book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. The Telegraph has learned that Academy Award-winning Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy has been hired to pen the screenplay adaptation. The screenwriter says that adapting a non fictional tale for the screen will require creative license, something the original author has granted him.
Maximum City is a non-fiction work, so it will be a huge challenge to find the story in it. It is a wonderful book and I used it in my initial research for Slumdog. There are some great characters in the book, but no stories, so my job will be to get the fictional out of a non-fictional story. Suketu is very understanding about my creative input and flexible about many changes. I will have to come up with something to bring together all the characters from the book into something that can make a film.