Amazon Studios and Kaling International are developing Uzma Jalaluddin’s novel “Hana Khan Carries On” as a film.
The story puts a modern Muslim spin on a premise first made famous by the Ernst Lubitsch classic “The Shop Around the Corner,” which was later updated with Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail.”
The novel follows two competing Halal shops. Hana’s family owns a restaurant called Three Sisters in the Golden Crescent neighborhood of Toronto, and its business is threatened when a more commercial, fusion-based eatery moves in down the street. The catch is that Hana and the owner of the other restaurant, Aydin, have an instant romantic connection.
Sahar Jahani will write the script, while Mindy Kaling and Jessica Kumai Scott will produce via Kaling International.