Former fatwa-plagued author, one-time husband of a Food Network star and international literary icon. Those hats might be enough for a lot of people, but it seems that Salman Rushdie is ready for a new role.

Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses and many other books, has been tapped to write and produce Next People for Showtime, “a fictional story which dissects the ‘radical pace of transformation in contemporary American life — from politics and race to technology, science and sexuality’,” according to The Independent.

There was a time when the giants of literature sneered at the small screen. But now Sir Salman Rushdie is moving from books to the box after signing up to write his first television drama.

The Independent story is here. January Magazine’s 2002 interview with Rushdie is here.

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