If you’re one of the many Oregonians that binged Wild Wild Country on Netflix, then we’ve got good news for you: we’re going back to Rajneeshpuram … maybe. When? Who knows.
Last week, Indian actress and producer Priyanka Chopra took to The Ellen DeGeneres Show to disclose her plans to adapt Wild Wild Country with director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog). The film she described appears to be told from the perspective of Ma Anand Sheela, whose interviews played a key role in the documentary.
“We’re developing it as the character of [Ma Anand] Sheela,” Chopra told DeGeneres. "She was [the Baghwan's] right-hand woman and she was just devious. I’m developing that next for me to star in and produce in."
Sheela was one of thousands of cult followers who descended on the tiny town of Antelope, Oregon, in the 1980s. Lead by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, better known as Osho, the following collapsed after a string of criminal activities. In our December issue, we revisited Netflix's Emmy-winning documentary and explored some of what it left out.
Chopra’s half-minute discussion with Ellen is an intriguing tease, but concrete details are hard to come by. Perhaps it's just Hollywood gossip. In the meantime, we’ll be here, rewatching Wild Wild Country for, yes, a third time.