Eriq La Salle’s Humble Journey Films has acquired film rights to John Shors’ “Beneath a Marble Sky: A Novel of the Taj Mahal” and has partnered with India-based Cinemaya Media to develop the project.
La Salle made the deal after visiting India late last year to explore the possibility of developing Shors’ novel, centered on the eldest daughter of the emperor who built the Taj Mahal. Humble Films exec Terri Lubaroff made the deal for the book, which was published last spring.
La Salle and Lubaroff will produce.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by Hindustani emperor Shah Jahan to symbolize the love between him and his wife after she died during childbirth. The story traces the construction of the mausoleum against the background of war, rebellion and religious fundamentalism, and it contrasts the opulence of the court with the severe poverty of the citizens.
LaSalle, best known as a star on “ER,” was a producer on Castle Rock Entertainment’s 2002 crime thriller “The Salton Sea.” Humble Journey’s in post-production on drama “Inside Out,” which stars La Salle, and is developing the sci-fi murder mystery “Atmospherics” and Jay Bonansinga’s novel “Frozen” with Peter Miller of PMA Literary Management.