By Peter Knegt | Indiewire April 15, 2009 at 4:11AM
Smuggler Films, in association with Ascension Entertainment, announced today their acquisition of the rights to 2008 Man Booker Prize Winner, "The White Tiger," written by Aravind Adiga. The novel explores the hypocrisies and chaos of contemporary India through the darkly humorous voice of Balram Halwai. "We're thrilled and honoured to have this opportunity to make such an important picture. Aravind writes a vivid world that lends itself beautifully to the medium," Smuggler's John Hart stated.
Smuggler Films is a new production company announced last week by veteran film and Broadway producer John Hart and Smuggler Partners Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. Their emphasis is "on a creative home that allows artists the opportunity to work across all media to develop and produce content."
Aravind Adiga stated, "I'm absolutely delighted, John Hart is highly regarded in the film fraternity, and I think he will make a wonderful film from this book."
Aravind Adiga is only the fourth debut novelist to win the Booker Prize and second youngest. An international and New York Times best-seller, Adiga also won Author of the Year from the British Book Awards. "The White Tiger" was published in April 2008.