Michael Apted ("Amazing Grace," "The World is Not Enough") is set to direct an as-yet-untitled film adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novel "Eight Months on Ghazzah Street."
The book deals with the friendship between an Arab woman and an English woman who moves to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Apted has been scouting locations in Jordan for the project.
Craig Bolotin ("Black Rain") is penning the script which will update the 1980s-set novel to the present day, and will swap the English woman's nationality for an American.
Source: Screen Daily