Hanif Kureishi has eye on 'Tiger'

To adapt Aravind Adiga's novel

Hanif Kureishi has signed on to write the screen adaptation of "The White Tiger," which Smuggler Films is producing in association with Ascension Entertainment.

A winner of the Man Booker Prize in Britain, Aravind Adiga's novel looks at India's economic rise to power through the eyes of a young man from a poor, rural village.

Kureishi's credits range from "My Beautiful Laundrette" to "Venus," and his play "The Black Album" is playing at the National Theatre in London.

Smuggler's Patrick Milling Smith and John N. Hart will produce "Tiger" alongside Ascension's Jolyon Symonds. It is being financed by a new media fund assembled by Smuggler with the support of the U.K. Film Council Development Fund.