EXCLUSIVE : Shaper Sons Of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is returning to television as the lead of Apple's sweeping international drama Shantaram, which has been green-lit to series by the streamer
Apple landed the project, based on Gregory David Roberts' best-selling novel, more than a year ago
Shantaram hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which in early 2018 was a monthlong bidding for the rights to Roberts' 2004 novel set in Australia and India that explores love, forgiveness, courage and redemption  Written by Eric Warren Singer ( American Hustle ), Shantaram The Story of Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.
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Singer and Shortel Fear the Walking Dead showrunner Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, as well as Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey. Clemens originally was an executive producer on behalf of Anonymous. Shantaram which is co-production between Anonymous and Paramount TV.
The series is expected to start production in Australia and India October with a $ 5 million tax incentive from the Australian Government.
The book, published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide with 6 million copies sold, had long been pursued for screen adaptations. There have been various features since 2004 when Warner Bros. paid Johnny Depp's Inifinitum Nihil and GK Films producing $ 2 million. Depp originally intended to play the lead before the film was derailed by the writer's strike.
British actor Hunnam, who became a household name with his lead role as Jackson's 'Jax' Teller on FX's hugely popular drama  Sons Of Anarchy, has starred in such features as Pacific Rim, Triple Frontie and King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword. He was in Toronto last week for the premiere at TIFF of his latest movie Jungleland, directed by Max Winkler.
Hunnam is repelled by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern .