Netflix has won the rights to a feature based on Bangladeshi author Rumaan Alam’s novel ‘Leave the World Behind.’
Netflix has finally won the rights to a feature based on Bangladeshi author Rumaan Alam's upcoming novel 'Leave the World Behind.'
The feature film adaptation will be directed and written by Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot, Homecoming) and will star Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington in lead roles, reported by Deadline.
Roberts, Washington, Esmail, and Chad Hamilton will also serve as an executive producers with author Alam serving as executive producer.
According to the official synopsis, Alam's third novel is a "magnetic story about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong." Described as "suspenseful and provocative," the book explores the complexities of parenthood, race, and class, as well as "how our closest bonds are reshaped — and unexpected new ones are forged — in moments of crisis."
Washington and Roberts previously worked together on the 1993 film The Pelican Brief. Leave the World Behind will also reunite Roberts and Esmail, who previously worked together on the first season of Amazon's Homecoming.
The book version of Leave the World Behind will be published in October.