FX has landed the rights and plans to produce an adaptation of Ayad Akhtar’s acclaimed novel, Homeland Elegies, and has Kumail Nanjiani attached to star and executive produce, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s Happening:

  • FX has reportedly acquired the rights to Ayad Akhtar’s highly acclaimed novel, Homeland Elegies, after outbidding multiple other interested parties.
  • The network will reportedly turn the story into an eight-episode drama with Akhtar adapting his book and Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Bad Education) to direct.
  • Also attached to the project to executive produce and star in the project is Kumail Nanjiani (Eternals), who is also currently filming Obi-Wan for Disney+. He is also set to star in a Hulu limited series, playing Chippendales founder “Steve” Banerjee, who started the revue as a way to attract attention to a struggling bar in Los Angeles. He also was previously nominated for an Oscar for his work co-writing The Big Sick.
  • Homeland Elegies has made numerous best-of lists for last year, telling an epic story of identity in post-Trump America that is both fact and fiction, that has been described as “part social essay, part picaresque novel,” as it tells that story of a father, son, and where they call home.
  • Akhtar, who wrote the original novel, has previously won a Pulitzer Prize, and will also executive produce alongside Nanjiani and director Moverman.

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