Balaji Motion Pictures Ltd. has acquired the Hindi film adaptation rights to the book, The Devotion of Suspect X to be made into a major motion picture.
The Devotion of Suspect X, a novel by Keigo Higashino, is the third in his cult Detective Galileo series and his most acclaimed work so far. The novel won the 6th Honkaku Mystery Grand Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the mystery novels category in Japan.
The English translation of the novel was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Barry Award for Best First Novel. More than a jaw-dropping 2 million copies of the best-selling book have been sold worldwide so far.
Acclaimed director Sujoy Ghosh, whose previous release was the blockbuster Vidya Balan-starrer Kahaani, has been signed to direct the feature.
Commenting on the deal, said Tanuj Garg, CEO – Balaji Motion Pictures, “We are proud to have clinched the rights of one of the world’s most celebrated detective novels. It has heart, drama and thrill, and as a content-driven studio, we believe that it will make for an engaging and entertaining feature film.”
The writing is underway and the cast is still to be finalized. The principal photography is expected to commence in early-2014.