Uzma Jalaluddin

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Uzma Jalaluddin
Nationality Canadian
Occupation writer
Known for film rights for her first novel were acquired within months of its publication

Uzma Jalaluddin is a Canadian writer, celebrated for the successful debut of her first novel, Ayesha at last, which has been favourably compared with Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.[1]

Jaluluddin writes a column for the Toronto Star.

Jalaluddin described loving reading, and always wanting to write, but finding it hard to find novels about people who looked like her, and deciding to write a novel about people who looked like her.[2] Jalaluddin started the novel while pregnant with her son Ibrahim, shelved it, then dusted it off, and finished it, after telling seven-year-old Ibrahim about it.

The success of the highly successful film Crazy Rich Asians, earlier in 2018, is said to have triggered an greater interest in Hollywood acquiring other novels from writers with an Asian background.[3][4][5] Film rights were acquired by Amy Pascal's production company, Pascal Pictures, which produced the 2016 Ghostbusters, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Post and Molly's Game.[6] Pascal Pictures acquired the rights in August, less than four months after the novel's Canadian and UK debut. The book had not yet been published in the USA.

References

  1. Piali Roy. "Ayesha at last". Quill and Quire. https://quillandquire.com/review/ayesha-at-last/. Retrieved 2018-09-24. 
  2. Uzma Jalaluddin (2018-06-06). "Climbing the mountain, becoming a writer". Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/life/opinion/2018/06/06/climbing-the-mountain-becoming-a-writer.html. Retrieved 2018-09-24. "My first attempt at writing was a picture book titled Icy Water’s Bad Day. It was about the life cycle of an ice cube. By the end of the book, Icy Water is melting in someone’s stomach, so actually it may have been a dark comedy about existential despair. I wrote it when I was 8, so I can’t be certain." 
  3. Tony Wong (2018-09-08). "Why Canadian authors are hot in Hollywood". Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/tiff/2018/09/08/why-canadian-authors-are-hot-in-hollywood.html. Retrieved 2018-09-24. "Jalaluddin’s novel has been described as a Muslim take on Pride and Prejudice, as Hollywood looks for the next big racially diverse comedy in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians." 
  4. Jane van Koeverden (2018-08-28). "Film rights to Uzma Jalaluddin's Ayesha at Last acquired by Pascal Pictures". CBC News. https://www.cbc.ca/books/film-rights-to-uzma-jalaluddin-s-ayesha-at-last-acquired-by-pascal-pictures-1.4801933. Retrieved 2018-09-24. "The film rights to Uzma Jalaluddin's young adult novel Ayesha at Last have been sold to Pascal Pictures, the production company behind blockbusters like the Ghostbusters reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Post and Molly's Game, Deadline reports." 
  5. Mike Fleming Jr. (2018-08-27). "Pascal Pictures Acquires Uzma Jalaluddin Novel ‘Ayesha At Last’". Deadline magazine. https://deadline.com/2018/08/ayesha-at-last-pascal-pictures-uzma-jalaluddin-novel-1202452912/. Retrieved 2018-09-24. "The novel was shopped as interest swelled in Crazy Rich Asians, and it was helped by an appetite to tell a fun story focused on historically underrepresented characters."