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Salman Rushdie creating TV programme

15th March 2011

Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie is at work on a new TV programme that he will both write and produce.

The 63-year-old, whose printed works include Shame and The Satanic Verses, is developing Next People, described as a show which 'dissects the radical pace of transformation in contemporary American life - from politics and race to technology, science and sexuality'.

According to Rushdie's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, the writer had expressed his interest in working on a TV project and a deal was made with US network Showtime, which will broadcast the pilot episode and further programmes if it proves a ratings hit.

The show will be set in New York, where Rushdie has lived since 1999, drawing inspiration from incidents including the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Rushdie has also been at work on the screenplay for a big-screen adaption of his 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children, re-titled Winds of Change for cinema audiences and directed by Deepa Mehta.

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