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Slumdog writer will script Maximum City for Boyle

British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy of Slumdog Millionaire fame has confirmed that will be adapting Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found into a screenplay for Slumdog director Danny Boyle, writes Naomi Canton.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2009, 01:34 IST
Naomi Canton
Naomi Canton
Hindustan Times

British scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy of Slumdog Millionaire fame has confirmed that will be adapting Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found into a screenplay for Slumdog director Danny Boyle.

This will be the Londoner’s second project with Boyle. Beaufoy had also received acclaim for his screenplay of the 1997-hit The Full Monty.

Speaking on the telephone, he said: “Yes, it’s true. Danny Boyle has acquired the film rights to Maximum City and I have been asked to adapt the book. I have read it and it’s a wonderful book, but quite how one turns it into a film I don’t know yet.”

He said he was honoured to be working with Boyle again but has not yet started working on the script.

“It’s early days. I have got a long way to go yet. I have not even got a story yet,” he said. “I will finish some animation work and then I will hopefully work on it.”

He said the challenge was to turn it from non-fiction to fiction.

“Finding a story that weaves together all the characters that Mehta has in his book into a coherent story is the hardest part. You need something to drive the plot,” he said, adding he did not yet know if it would be a thriller.

Beaufoy said he is very excited about the project, as Maximum City is a “beautifully written examination of Mumbai from someone who is half on the inside and half on the outside”.

He said, like Slumdog, he expects the new movie to appeal to a global audience. It would be mainly in English, but like Slumdog, it would be a “mix of all sorts.”

Beaufoy will make several trips to the city, like he did for Slumdog Millionaire. “I’m looking forward to coming back to Mumbai. It’s a wonderful place,” he added.

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