Mindy Kaling & Kaling International to Adapt ‘Gold Diggers’ by Sanjena Sathian for TV


Sanjena Sathian’s upcoming novel Gold Diggers is getting the television treatment! Deadline has announced that Mindy Kaling’s production company, Kaling International, will adapt the book.

Kaling will executive produce the series, with Sathian co-writing. There’s no official word yet on which network or streamer the show will release on. However, the adaptation comes as part of Kaling’s overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

According to Penguin Random House, Gold Diggers follows:

“A floundering second-generation teenager growing up in the Bush-era Atlanta suburbs, Neil Narayan, [who] is authentic, funny, and smart. He just doesn’t share the same drive as everyone around him. His perfect older sister is headed to Duke. His parents’ expectations for him are just as high. He tries to want this version of success, but mostly, Neil just wants his neighbor across the cul-de-sac, Anita Dayal.

But Anita has a secret: she and her mother Anjali have been brewing an ancient alchemical potion from stolen gold that harnesses the ambition of the jewelry’s original owner. Anjali’s own mother in Bombay didn’t waste the precious potion on her daughter, favoring her sons instead. Anita, on the other hand, just needs a little boost to get into Harvard. But when Neil–who needs a whole lot more–joins in the plot, events spiral into a tragedy that rips their community apart.

Ten years later, Neil is an oft-stoned Berkeley history grad student studying the California gold rush. His high school cohort has migrated to Silicon Valley, where he reunites with Anita and resurrects their old habit of gold theft–only now, the stakes are higher. Anita’s mother is in trouble, and only gold can save her. Anita and Neil must pull off one last heist.”

Gold Diggers will release on April 6. Pre-order your copy here.

Julia is a writer/editor/content assistant for Nerds who joined the team in 2019.

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