The ever unpredictable Stephen Frears has now come aboard to direct the feature adaptation. D.V. DeVincentis, who has penned "High Fidelity" and the upcoming "Lay The Favorite" for the helmer, will once again take on the writing duties. The based-on-a-true-story tale centers on a Calcutta private investigator, Rajesh Ji, who mixes his investigations of the criminal underworld with a dream to dance on Indian TV. Geez, this smells of a TIFF Audience Award winner already.
The always busy Scott Free Productions are behind the movie. It's yet another left turn in a career full of them for Frears, who has gone everywhere from the highly-respectable "The Queen," the smart and savvy "The Grifters" to frothy fare like his last (and totally forgettable except for those jean shorts) effort "Tamara Drewe." No word on when this roll, but with a few other projects vying for attention, this looks like it will be Frears' next. Can he duplicate the Danny Boyle formula for success? Only time will tell. [Variety]