Indian Director Bringing Show About Russian Mystic to American Cable?

Photo: philhopkins.co.uk

Photo: philhopkins.co.uk

Confused yet? In some exciting news on the television front, critically acclaimed writer/director/actor/producer (talented, huh?) Shekhar Kapur is teaming up with ‘Prison Break‘ creator Paul Scheuring to put together a series on cable network FX based on the infamous mystic/charlatan Grigori Rasputin as we near the 400th anniversary of the Russian Romanov Dynasty. The series will be based on the upcoming book ‘Rasputin: Dark Forces And The Fall of The Romanovs‘ by novelist Douglas Smith.

This isn’t Shekhar’s first brush with history as he first broke through to international prominence with his 1994 Hindi-language film ‘Bandit Queen‘ about the exploits of robber turned politician Phoolan Devi. He followed that up by directing Cate Blanchett to her first Oscar as Queen Elizabeth I in the historical drama ‘Elizabeth‘, which garnered 7 Oscar nominations total.

It’s clear what drew Shekhar to the enigmatic character of Rasputin . The peasant turned faith healer was very influential in the tragic last years of the Romanov dynasty as the Russian aristocracy was increasingly fascinated by mysticism in the early 1900’s. Rasputin could supposedly cure people with prayer, but his most impressive trick may have been his will to live as he almost survived a slew of assassination attempts (including being poisoned, shot three times, and clubbed all in one one night!) before meeting his doom in the frosty Malaya Nevka River.

Photo: npr.org Rasputin

Photo: npr.org
Rasputin

Shekhar is keeping himself busy with Indian projects as well and is currently acting in Tamil spy thriller ‘Visharoopam 2‘ as well as setting up the 2015 sci-fi thriller ‘Paani‘ starring Sushant Singh Rajput with Aditya Chopra and ‘Slumdog Millionarie‘s Danny Boyle producing and A.R. Rahman providing the soundtrack.

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