Richie Mehta, the critically acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning creator, will join Ronnie Screwvala’s future project, a series based on the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy, as the writer, director, and showrunner.
On Twitter, RSVP movies wrote, “As we continue to tell stories that need to be told. We are delighted to [email protected] onboard our screen-adaption of #DominiqueLapierre &@javiermoro123’s book ‘Five Past Midnight in Bhopal’[email protected] @SanayaIZohrabi #RameshKrishnamoorthy”.
As we continue to tell stories that need to be told. 💯
We are delighted to have @RichieMehta onboard our screen-adaption of #DominiqueLapierre & @javiermoro123's book 'Five Past Midnight in Bhopal'!https://t.co/4V9oGMqc3g@RonnieScrewvala @SanayaIZohrabi #RameshKrishnamoorthy
— RSVP (@RSVPMovies) July 8, 2021
The series is based on Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro’s 1997 book “Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World’s Deadliest Industrial Incident,” which details the disaster in 1984 and is produced by RSVP and Ramesh Krishnamoorthy’s Global One Studios.
Talking about the project, Richie Mehta shares, “The authors have done such a precise and fascinating job of mapping out the human story which creates a thread all through this disaster and is told in an impartial manner, which is very important to me as a storyteller to step back and allow the viewer to fill in that judgment, and in the case of something like this very harsh judgment, of course.”
“I think the fact that it happened in the 1980s, it is starting to evaporate from the collective consciousness of young people. Many people don’t even know about it or they hear rumours of it in India and certainly internationally. And so I feel like it’s really important to get it out there in an impartial and extremely well-researched manner, which the authors have done,” he added.
Richie Mehta is a fantastic addition to RSVP and Global One Studios’ rock-solid staff. Its film imprint will be a series based on the novel, which has been around since 1997. The series, which is expected to include six to eight one-hour episodes, is now in development and will begin filming in early 2022.