Apple’s “Shantaram” Series Has Found Its Director

Justin Kurzel. Photo by Robert Perry/Shutterstock (5182980t)

The 10-episode original will be helmed by Justin Kurzel. 

The Snowtown and Macbeth director will helm the first two and final two episodes of Paramount Television and Anonymous Content’s Shantaram for Apple TV. 

The series is based on the best-selling novel by Australian writer Gregory David Roberts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series follow Lin, “a one-time bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Melbourne’s infamous maximum security Pentridge Prison.”

Shantaram is a mesmerizing Australian story and this series will bring it to life for a new generation, creating further jobs for our world-class screen industry,” said Australian Communications and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher. 

Shantaram will be filmed at Docklands Studios and Pentridge Prison. 

Sydney Morning Herald was first to report the news.