Mumbai: Author-diplomat Vikas Swarup`s third novel `The Accidental Apprentice` will be adapted into a film by director Sriram Raghvan.
Raghavan has earlier given us films like `Ek Hasina Thi,` `Johnny Gaddar` and `Agent Vinod`.
`The Accidental Apprentice` is a fast-paced suspense story set in contemporary India. The premise is real yet fantastic. The protagonist is someone we can all relate to. It begins like a fairytale but it has a dark side as well, Raghavan said.
Sanjay Rautray, who has earlier worked as an executive producer on films like `Johnny Gaddar`, `Khosla Ka Ghosla` and `Makdee`, has bought the rights of Swarup`s new book and will be producing the film.
"Sriram has started working on the script. It took us around six months to convince Vikas about the project," Rautray said.
Vikas` first book Q and A which won him South Africa`s Boeke Prize in 2006 was adapted into a film by Danny Boyle as `Slumdog Millionaire`, which won eight Academy Awards in 2009.