FX has secured the rights to acclaimed Ayad Akhtar novel Elegy of the Fatherland, which she is developing in a limited series. Kumail Nanjiani (The great sick, eternal) is attached to featured and executive products.
The Disney-owned cable outlet won the rights after outbidding several other interested parties. FX Productions will produce the drama in eight episodes, with Akhtar adapting his book and Oren Moverman (The messenger, HBO Bad Education) set to direct.
Elegy of the Fatherland has made numerous best-of lists for 2020. Pulitzer Prize-winning Akhtar’s novel blends fact and fiction to tell an epic tale of identity and belonging in post-Trump America. At the same time family drama, social essay and picaresque novel, it is basically the story of a father, a son and the country they both call home.
Nanjiani, Oscar nominated for co-writing The big sick, is currently running Star wars series Obi-wan for Disney +. He’s in the cast for Marvel’s Eternals, which hits theaters on November 5 and is set to play Chippendales founder Somen “Steve” Banerjee in a Hulu limited series.
Akhtar, Nanjiani and Moverman will produce Homeland Elegies with Julia Lebedev of Sight Unseen and Eddie Vaisman and Nimitt Mankad via Inimitable Pictures.
Akhtar is replaced by Lenore Entertainment Group, CAA, the Book Group and Goodman Genow; Moverman by WME and 7 Deuce Entertainment; and Nanjiani by UTA, Mosaic Entertainment and Schreck Rose.
Adam Berkowitz of Lenore Entertainment Group represented the executive producers of the deal, alongside Craig Emmanuel of Paul Hastings for Sight Unseen and Stephen Dembitzer of Dembitzer and Dembitzer for Inimitable Pictures.
Deadline first reported the news.