Whenever tragedy strikes, dramatizations as such in the media aren’t far behind —though it’s taken a few years, the 2008 terror attacks on The Taj Hotel are getting retold on the big screen. Nicolas Saada unveiled his take on the story with “Taj Mahal” featuring “Nymphomaniac” star Stacy Martin this year on the festival circuit, but it didn’t get a great reception (read our review). So “Macbeth” and “The Snowtown Murders” director Justin Kurzel may fare better when he takes on the same subject matter.
Deadline reports that Kurzel will helm an adaptation of Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark’s “The Siege: 68 Hours Inside The Taj Hotel.” Anthony McCarten (“The Theory Of Everything“) will pen the screenplay for the project, which the trade says will be along the lines of Paul Greengrass‘ “Captain Phillips” and Ridley Scott‘s “Black Hawk Down.” Here’s the book synopsis:
Kurzel is currently shooting “Assassin’s Creed” with his “Macbeth” duo Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, with the Taj Hotel flick slated to go next. I guess the psychological thriller “Haven” will have to wait.