Ramayan comic gets adapted

Mandalay Pictures has picked up the rights to adapt Ramayan 3392 A.D., a comic book created by philosopher Deepak Chopra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (the Elizabeth films) that is essentially a simplified sci-fi retelling of one of the Hindu religion’s most sacred texts.

The action-adventure story centers on Prince Rama — a legendary blue-skinned warrior who in mythology is an incarnation of the god Vishnu — as he fights to save his beloved from demon forces.

Screenwriter John Collee (Happy Feet) will adapt the comic book. I’d personally be more interested in seeing a big budget spectacularly epic version of the original antique tale, which has Rama travelling to Sri Lanka to save his kidnapped wife Sita, but I’d want that movie to have Indian actors, so I’m kind of glad Hollywood is going this route.

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