Kapur To Helm Opium War-Themed Series

Kapur To Helm Opium War Themed Series

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” “The Four Feathers”) is set to direct a TV series based on Amitav Ghosh’s historical “Ibis” novel trilogy which Artists Studio and Endemol Shine will produce.

Set in mid-19th century Asia and in part during the Opium Wars, the stories interweave the lives of vividly-drawn characters against the backdrop of the narcotics trade between Britain, India and China – a drug trade that proved the engine for the Industrial Revolution.

Justin Pollard (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Vikings,” “The Tudors”) will serve as historical consultant and story editor. A lead writer has yet to be appointed for the project which aims to be a major high-end franchise to sell widely on the international market.

Source: Variety