Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the duo who adapted Satrapi 2000’s graphic novel Persepolis, are re-teaming to adapt Satrapi’s 2006 book Chicken with Plums with Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly). The live-action adaptation, which will be re-titled Waiting for Azrael, is also a true story of life in Iran, this time focusing on her great-uncle Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran’s most revered musicians. Ion Cinema also reports that Amalric will be joined by an American A-list actor but wouldn’t say who at this time.
Hit the jump for the official product description. Filming is set to begin this summer in Berlin.
Here’s the official product description from Amazon:
Acclaimed graphic artist Marjane Satrapi brings what has become her signature humor and insight, her keen eye and ear, to the heartrending story of a celebrated Iranian musician who gives up his life for music and love.
When Nasser Ali Khan, the author’s great-uncle, discovers that his beloved instrument is irreparably damaged, he takes to his bed, renouncing the world and all its pleasures. Over the course of the week that follows, we are treated to vivid scenes of his encounters with family and friends, flashbacks to his childhood, and flash-forwards to his children’s future. And as the pieces of his story fall into place, we begin to understand the breadth of his decision to let go of life.
The poignant story of one man, it is also stunningly universal-a luminous tale of life and death, and the courage and passion both require of us.