Epic 1937 novel getting big screen treatment.

Asif Kapadia, the filmmaker behind the 2010 documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, has signed on to direct an adaptation of Kurban Said’s pre-WWII romance novel ‘Ali and Nino,’ says TheWrap.

The book, first published in 1937, follows “the love story between the male descendant of a royal Muslim family and a beautiful, Christian, Georgian princess.”

Adapting the screenplay for Kapadia will be Oscar-winning scribe and playwright Christopher Hampton. Production is scheduled for early next year.