Joe, Anthony Russo to Develop Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West’ for Silver Screen

Anthony Russo, Joe Russo to Develop 'Exit West' FilmJoel Ryan for Invision/AP Images / Riverhead Books

The Russo brothers—comprising of Anthony Russo and Joe Russo of Avengers fame—are signed on to produce Mohsin Hamid‘s best-selling novel, Exit West, Deadline has reported.

Exit West marks Hamid’s fourth novel, which released earlier this year and was recently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

The book tells the story of Nadia and Saaed, two office-clerks-turned-lovers, in their joint attempt to flee their refugee-filled, war-torn country amidst governmental corruption. In their efforts to escape, romance blooms, and the unsettling fate of the young lovers is put to the test until a mysterious threshold promising refuge brings them to unspeakable places.

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Rebecca Reid / Pictured: Mohsin Hamid

Morten Tyldum, who also led The Imitation Game in 2014, which became the highest-grossing film that year, has been attached to direct the upcoming feature film.

According to Deadline, the Russo brothers’ depiction will follow much like Hamid’s novelization as an “allegorical tale” that represents the “contrast between the migrants’ tenuous daily reality and that of the privileged second- or third-generation native population who’d prefer that their new alien neighbors simply disappear,” Film Editor Mike Flemmings Jr. describes in the exclusive report.

In March 2017, Hamid’s best seller was named one of five books available for selection for Book of the Month Club, a monthly book subscription service that nominates new books for purchase each month.

At this time, no casting announcements or filming advancements have been made public.


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