Manish Dayal, the talented actor who featured in DreamWorks’ “The Hundred Foot Journey” (starring Helen Mirren, Produced by Steven Spielberg, and directed by Lasse Hallstrom), has a new project that will soon be at a theater near you! He has optioned Anjan Sundaram’s first book, “STRINGER: A Reporter’s Year in the Congo” along with Laura Hersh and Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment. Together, the trio will produce the film! They will announce the screenplay writer and director shortly. What is confirmed for sure, is that Dayal will play the male lead, Sundaram, a freelance journalist who ventures into the Congo.
At the age of 22, Anjan Sundaram left Yale with his master’s in mathematics and turned down a Goldman Sachs job offer to travel to the Congo to work as a stringer, a freelance journalist… without any previous journalism experience.
STRINGER depicts the dangerous 18 months Anjan spent in the Congo, earning fifteen cents for every word that he published. It is both a coming of age story as well as an inside look at the atrocities occurring in a country largely ignored by the rest of the world.
The memoir was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and the American Booksellers Association named it one of the best U.S. debuts of 2014.
We are assuming that with Manish Dayal as the lead, the film will do just as well at the box office! I know that I for one am definitely looking forward to seeing the book come to life on celluloid! What do you all think? Let us know and keep it locked to UrbanAsian.com for all updates!