Amazon Studios has secured exclusive rights to develop The New York Times’ and Ellen Barry’s acclaimed story and podcast, The Jungle Prince of Delhi – a story of the eccentric royal family of Oudh, deposed aristocrats living in a ruined palace in the Indian capital, claiming to be the heirs to a fallen kingdom. Renowned filmmaker Mira Nair is attached to direct and will also executive produce.
The project came together via a collaboration among the producing team of Stacey Snider, Jane Featherstone and Kate Fenske/SISTER, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff’s Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment, and Christina Lurie’s Fourth and Twenty Eight Films who are joining forces to produce with Barry and Caitlin Roper, head of scripted entertainment at The New York Times.
The production is slated to be an international series that tells the personal story of this displaced family, set against the backdrop of the partition of India.
Roper commented: “Pulitzer Prize winning journalist 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 3-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.”