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Salman Rushdie to write Showtime drama

Salman Rushdie is writing a script for U.S. TV network Showtime (Dexter, Nurse Jackie).

According to the Guardian, Rushdie’s Next People will explore the U.S. at a time of rapid change, taking in politics, sex, religion, science and technology, with Rushdie writing the first script and executive producing the series with UK-based production company Working Title TV.

This is Rushdie’s first TV writing gig, but he certainly isn’t the first novelist to produce original content for television. When developing his writing team for Baltimore cop drama The Wire, show creator David Simon ” who often described the acclaimed television show as a novel ” sought the assistance of authors like George Pelecanos and Richard Price.

Competing network HBO has also announced that husband-wife novelist duo Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys) and Ayelet Waidman (Bad Mother) are working together on a bizarre-sounding drama called Hogoblin about con men and magicians who battle Nazis during the Second World War.