A novel by Salman Rushdie will be adapted into a TV series. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Netflix will adapt the British Indian author’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children,” about India’s transition from British colonialism to independence.
“‘Midnight’s Children’ is largely considered Rushdie’s magnum opus (he was knighted in 2007 for services to literature), and the magical realist novel has won several awards since its publication, including the 1981 Booker Prize, the Best of the Booker twice — first in 1993 and again in 2008 — and the James Tait Memorial Prize,” THR reports. “It was previously adapted as a Canadian-British film directed by Deepa Mehta in 2013.”
THR adds: “‘Midnight’s Children’ follows the life of Saleem Sinai, who was born on the stroke of midnight on Aug. 15, 1947, the same time as India’s independence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of India’s national affairs — his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation. His life is inseparable and at times indistinguishable from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other ‘midnight’s children,’ all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.”