Nadeem Zaman’s ‘The Inheritors’ to be produced for the screen by Sharbari Zohra Ahmed
Chicago-based Bangladeshi author Nadeem Zaman's The Inheritors, published this year by Hachette India, is a contemporary retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby set in Dhaka.
As Mehrul Bari writes about the novel in his review for Daily Star Books, "The Inheritors is interested in exploring Dhaka history and life, at least as seen by a foreigner", with the text exploring themes of identity, home, wealth, and privilege.
USA's West Kelsey Productions announced today that Zaman's novel will be adapted into a limited series, produced by Bangladeshi author Sharbari Zohra Ahmed, writer of the Priyanka Chopra starring ABC show Quantico and the novel Dust under her Feet (Tranquebar, 2019), set in Calcutta during World War 2.
"I'm venturing into new territory here, that of producer", Sharbari Zohra Ahmed posted on her social media. "My company has optioned this stellar novel by Nadeem Zaman that the Asian Age says 'is an absolute joy to read' … perfect for a limited series."
West Kelsey Productions have described The Inheritors as a book about "an adrift young writer [who] returns home to Dhaka and reluctantly becomes embroiled in the toxic love affair between his beautiful cousin and his mysterious neighbor."