Hindu mythology based middle grade adventure ARU SHAH is ready for its closeup!
Roshani Chokshi‘s bestselling middle grade novel Aru Shah and the End of Time is headed to the screen!
Paramount lands the rights to the book after a battle with Netflix and the studio hopes it will launch a franchise, according to Deadline.
The novel, steeped in Hindu mythology, comes from Disney Hyperion’s Read Riordan imprint, which touts mythology-based tales from around the world written by own voices authors. It follows 12-year-old Aru Shah, who tells a lot of tales at her wealthy Atlanta school as she tries to gain the favor of her classmates. When she tells them that her family owns the Lamp of Bharata, a cursed lamp that can end the world, her classmates are super intrigued and before you know it, they’ve pressured Aru to light the lamp. Doing so unleashes the Sleeper, a demon set to awaken the God of Destruction and now it’s up to Aru to stop him before… you know… he obliterates the whole world. To do so, she must find the reincarnations of the five Pandava brothers from the epic Hindu poem the Mahabharata by journeying through the Kingdom of Death.
The on-screen adaptation will be produced by Karen Rosenfelt, who also produced the Twilight Saga and the two Percy Jackson movies.