The Garden of Allah novels – coming to a screen near you???

Will the Garden of Allah Hotel live to see another day?

It’s quite possible…if only on a movie studio backlot.

I am very excited to announce that my first three books:

have been optioned by a producer with a substantial list of film and television credits.

The Garden of Allah novels - coming to a screen near you soon...????Not long after I conceived the central idea behind the Garden of Allah novels – to tell the story of the history of Hollywood through the eyes of the (fictional and real) people who lived, loved and played at one of its most legendary hotels, the Garden of Allah – I could see that it readily lent itself to being the basis for a TV series. I’ve been approached a couple of times before by people interested in developing the idea, but nothing much came of it.

This new producer, however, is very into old Hollywood, the movies, the stars, the studio system, and feels – as I do – that the time is right to launch the Garden of Allah’s story onto either the movie or television screen.

Tabrez Noorani‘s company is Tamasha Talkies and along with his producing partner Deepak Nayar has been on the producing teams of:

  • Alexander
  • Bride and Prejudice
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2
  • The Hundred Foot Journey

The exclusive announcement was made today on The Hollywood Reporter website.

Bringing novels to the large or small screen is generally a long process which could take years to develop, but a first step has been taken. Who knows where it might lead?

Meanwhile, may the fantasy casting games begin!

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The Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels blog is by Martin Turnbull, a Los Angeles based historical fiction author of a series of novels set at the Garden of Allah Hotel, which stood on Sunset Blvd from 1927 to 1959. Check him out at and Facebook: "gardenofallahnovels"
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4 Responses to The Garden of Allah novels – coming to a screen near you???

  1. says:

    Congratulations! Next is the Emmy’s or the Oscars depending if it goes TV series or big screen production! Good luck!

  2. Kurt says:

    Congratulations Martin. As a real Hollywood Brat (born and raised),I really love your novels. They bring back a lot of memories of the way it used to be . . . and some of the people on my paper route. I too have a series, “Ash London: Hollywood Detective” in the making. Ash and his wife, Alex (think “Nick & Nora”) keep getting roped into solving cases. Because Ash has found a niche writing screenplays for great murder mysteries, people assume he is capable of solving cases as well. His headquarters is Musso & Frank. . .

    • Hey Kurt, and thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you like my novels, but I’m really glad I got the details right…or at least right enough to jog your memories of how it used to be. Your Ash London series sound interesting. I love that he HQs at Musso & Frank! Keep me posted on your progress.

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