Deadline exclusively revealed today that Australian director, Justin Kurzel is set to direct the film adaptation of Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark's book, The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel. The book is a harrowing account of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, during which militants ransacked the luxury building killing 166 people. Anthony McCarten (The Theory of Everything) will adapt the book with support from StudioCanal. Ollie Madden with Kudos and Shine Pictures will produce.
"Very much in the vein of Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips or even Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, the project will offer a 360-degree look at those tragic few days as we follow ordinary tourists enjoying what they thought would be the holiday of a lifetime, the under-siege employees of the grand hotel, as well as the terrorists themselves. For 68 hours, hundreds were held hostage as shots rang out and an enormous fire raged. When the smoke cleared, 31 people were dead and many more had been injured. Only the courageous actions of staff and guests — including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Binny Kang — prevented a much higher death toll" explains Deadline's Ali Jaafar.
If you can't wait to see the film, whet your appetite with Scott-Clark and Levy's fascinating book, available to buy at booksellers now.