'Million Dollar Arm' Co-producer Snaps Up Rights to 'The Garden of Allah' Novels (Exclusive)

Martin Turnbull

Tabrez Noorani looks to bring tales set at the notorious 1920s Hollywood hotel to the big screen

Martin Turnbull's novels The Garden of Allah have been acquired by Tamasha Talkies, headed by L.A.-based producer Tabrez Noorani. The Garden of Allah series revolves around the Hollywood hotel founded by silent-era actress Alla Nazimova in 1927. Kicked off with an 18-hour bash to commemorate it’s opening, the Garden of Allah hotel — its name a play on that of its creator and owner Alla Nazimova who converted her Sunset Boulevard estate into the hotel — was designed as a playground for Hollywood’s elite. The grand bungalows housed everyone from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Barrymore during its golden years.

The novel series currently consist of three titles: The Garden on Sunset, The Trouble with Scarlett and Citizen Hollywood, with an additional six books planned. “I've always had a love and fascination with Old Hollywood, and this series allows us to experience the Golden Era through the eyes of newcomers, much like people are still experiencing Hollywood to this day,” said Noorani.

Noorani founded production services company India Take One Productions (with offices in India and L.A.) which has handled line production in India for numerous international projects. These include Slumdog Millionaire and recently, Million Dollar Arm (on which Noorani was a co-producer).

Tamasha Talkies' other projects in development include the big-screen adaptation of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling YA fantasy trilogy, co-produced with Reliance Entertainment, Blue Sky Media and Kintop Pictures. Kintop is headed by producer Deepak Nayar (Bend It Like Beckham, The Million Dollar Hotel, Lost Highway).