Gaumont is working with producer Dina Dattani (Brahman Naman, Mukti Bhavan, The Ashram) on an adaptation of Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young.
We That Are Young is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear set in modern-day India. It tells the tale of a power battle within a billionaire family dynasty, for status within a nation in a constant state of transformation and for the love and respect of a father disappearing into dementia.
“We That Are Young is a work of epic scope and depth, providing a deep insight into today’s India, and the clash of tradition with modernization, as well as nuanced sexual politics,” commented Gene Stein, president of television at Gaumont U.S. “We intend to shoot this series on location in India with the highest degree of authenticity while creating an elevated dramatic storyline with true global appeal.”
“Preti Taneja’s King Lear story works remarkably well with a critical look at the balance of power in contemporary India through its three female protagonists in charge of a powerful dynasty in a patriarchal society,” added Dattani, who acquired the TV rights to the book on first publication and who will serve as an executive producer. “Gaumont and I have a similar vision for this series, and I feel honored to be collaborating with a company that brought us the hugely successful Narcos, amongst so many other shows.”