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Amazon to adapt New York Times story

Amazon has acquired exclusive rights to a New York Times (NYT) story and podcast and is developing the property into a drama series.

Mira Nair

Written by NYT journalist Ellen Barry for the US newspaper late last year, the feature-length article, headlined ‘The Jungle Prince of Delhi,’ told the story of the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats living in a ruined palace in the Indian capital, claiming to be heirs to a fallen kingdom.

Chernobyl producer Sister, Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment (Community) and Fourth & Twenty Eight Films will produce a series based on the article, whose subject was also turned into a podcast for the NYT’s The Daily. Mira Nair (A Suitable Boy) is attached to direct and exec produce the project.

Caitlin Roper, head of scripted entertainment at The New York Times, said: “Ellen Barry’s beautifully written tale of the Oudh family revealed deeper truths rooted in the violence and trauma of the partition of India.

“The moving story, and the three-part audio series for The Times’s podcast, The Daily, were the result of years of reporting and investigation across continents. Since its publication, The Times has been searching for the right partners to expand the story’s reach and we are thrilled to work with the incomparable Mira Nair, and to be producing The Jungle Prince series with Amazon Studios alongside Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, Sister, and Fourth and Twenty Eight Films.”

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