Posted on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
British filmmaker Danny Boyle (Academy Award winning director of Slumdog Millionaire) might be returning to India to film another story in Mumbai. The Wall Street Journal’s Indian newspaper Live Mint reports that Boyle has acquired the film rights to Suketu Mehta‘s 2004 book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.
The book is partly an autobiography, part travelogue , and part socio-political analysis of the history and people of Mumbai. Boyle referred to the book as his “bible” on Slumdog, using it through filming of “inspiration, comprehension and balance.” The book has been widely acclaimed, and was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. The Economist named Maximum City one of its books of the year for 2004. Film rights were sold in May for an undisclosed amount.
A less reliable (read: gossipy) Digital Spy reports that Aamir Khan has been approached by Boyle to star during his recent trip to India. Khan is best known for his role in Lagaan, which is one of three Bollywood films in history to have been nominated for an Oscar. The 44-year old actor has appeared in 42 Bollywood movies. He is also rumored to be starring alongside Kate Winslet in Pan Nalin’s next movie.