Seven years after Mumbai was ravaged by what has come to be known as the most important terror incident since 9/11, Hollywood director Justin Kurzel is preparing to bring 26/11 alive on screen. The adaptation of Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark’s book on the 2008 attack, The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel, will be adapted by Anthony McCarten (The Theory Of Everything). Ollie Madden produces for Kudos and Shine Pictures, reported Deadline.
The book recounts in terrifying detail the 2008 terror attack on the iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which left 31 dead in the hotel. Elsewhere in the city, 141 were killed as 10 jihadists took control of the city.
Siege 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel will be on the lines of Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down or Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips which will offer a look at the last few days leading up to the terror attack by Pak-backed jihadists attacking the hotel. It will then go on to showcase the 68 hours when the hotel was under siege and the botched rescue efforts.
Hundreds of hotel guests were held hostage and an enormous fire raged in the iconic hotel even as efforts to rescue them were shown live on national TV. It was the courage of the hotel staff -- including Mallika Jagad, Bob Nichols, and Taj general manager Karambir Kang -- without which the toll would have been much higher.
Earlier, Nicolas Saada unveiled his take on the story with Taj Mahal featuring Nymphomaniac star Stacy Martin this year on the festival circuit, but it was not well received. Ram Gopal Varma’s Bollywood film, The Attacks of 26/11, was also met with mixed response.
Kurzel’s adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard has got rave reviews. the director is at present working with Fassbender again on a live action adaptation of popular Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed.