‘Baahubali’ producers to adapt Manu Pillai’s ‘The Ivory Throne’ for screen
Producers of the super hit movie ‘Baahubali’ has optioned the audio-visual rights of Keralite English author Manu S’ Pillai’s award winning book ‘The Ivory Throne: Chronicles of the House of Travancore’. The historic novel will be adapted for screen by Arka Mediaworks.
Shobu Yarlagadda, one of the founders of Arka Mediaworks, shared the good news through Twitter. He stated that the legendary novel which is a retelling of a fascinated period of Indian history will be adapted on screen. He also hoped that they can do justice to the long years of hard work by Manu S. Pillai.
He added that they are adpating the book into original series and not into a movie, because only a series can do justice to the depth and extent of the material in the book. HarperCollins India also has confirmed the news of the screen adaptation of the novel.
Excited to have optioned @UnamPillai's work #theIvoryThrone! We @arkamediaworks are so looking forward to adapting this to screen! Its retelling of a very fascinating period in Indian history! Here's hoping we can do justice to Manu's 5 years of hard work!https://t.co/D18StbkcOj— Shobu Yarlagadda (@Shobu_) March 18, 2019
‘The Ivory Throne’ is a celebrated novel that narrates the 300 years’ history of Travancore through the life of Queen Sethu Lakshmi Bayi. The 6700-page book begins with the arrival of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama and describes how an Indian princely state existed during the British era.
Published in 2015 by HarperCollins India, ‘The Ivory Throne’ has bagged many honours including Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in 2017 and Tata Literature Live! Award for best first work in non-fiction category in 2016.