Per The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Lightfoot has joined the production of Apple TV+’s Shantaram as the showrunner.
After development was halted back in February due to a delay in scripts, Steven Lightfoot is set to replace Eric Warren Singer as the showrunner of Shantaram. Additionally, Lightfoot has also inked a multiple-year overall deal with Apple.
Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict escapes from Pentridge Prison and flees to India. In 1978, Roberts was sentenced to a 19-year imprisonment in Australia after being convicted of a series of armed robberies of building society branches, credit unions, and shops. In July 1980, he escaped from Victoria’s Pentridge Prison in broad daylight, thereby becoming one of Australia’s most wanted men for the next ten years.
Development on the series was originally halted to allow Singer, the previous showrunner, to catch up on scripts. Though a search concurrently began for a new showrunner with proven TV experience to work alongside Singer, who comes from the feature world. Now that Lightfoot is set to write, executive produce, and showrun Shantaram, Singer is no longer attached to the series.
The 10-episode series will be shot across two continents in Australia and India. Steve Golin, Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, and Richard Sharkey are set to executive produce alongside Lightfoot. A premiere date for Shantaram has yet to be revealed.