One of the top books of 2020, Homeland Elegies by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ayad Akhtar, is headed to TV with a high-profile limited series adaptation being developed at FX. It is executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) who is set to star.
Akhtar (Disgraced) will pen the adaptation with Oren Moverman (The Messenger), who is scheduled to coordinate the eight-episode limited series, produced by FX Productions. The project hails from Sight Unseen (Bad Education) and Nimitt Mankad (Captain Fantastic) and his Inimitable Pictures.
Raucous and searing, Homeland Elegies mixes fact and fiction to tell an epic story of identity and belonging in post-Trump America. Part family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel, at its heart it is the story of a dad, a child, and the country the two of them call home.
Akhtar, Nanjiani, Moverman and Sight Unseen’s Julia Lebedev and Eddie Vaisman will executive produce, alongside Nimitt Mankad through Inimitable Pictures.
FX landed the rights to the novel and package in an exceptionally aggressive circumstance with different bidders.
Named a Top 10 book by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times, Homeland Elegies arrived on top of President Obama’s best books of 2020 and furthermore led Book of the Year selections at Publisher’s Weekly, O Magazine, Time and The Economist.
Akhtar won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Disgraced. He additionally is the author of American Dervish.
Moverman got a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination for The Messenger. As a feature of Sight Unseen, he partook in the Outstanding Television Movie Emmy Award for Cory Finley’s HBO film Bad Education, featuring Hugh Jackman.
Nanjiani will next be found in Marvel’s Eternals, scheduled for Nov. 5 release. He is as of now in production on Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi series. He procured a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination for composing The Big Sick close by his wife, Emily V. Gordon.
Akhtar is repped by Adam Berkowitz of Lenore Entertainment Group, CAA, Julie Barer at the Book Group, and Stuart Rosenthal of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson and Christopher. Moverman is repped by WME and Jeremy Plager of 7 Deuce Entertainment. Nanjiani is repped by UTA, Mosaic Entertainment and Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose. Berkowitz repped the executive producers on the deal, close by Craig Emmanuel of Paul Hastings for Sight Unseen and Stephen Dembitzer of Dembitzer and Dembitzer for Inimitable Pictures.