‘John Wick’ Producers Set to Develop English Remake of Bollywood Film ‘Kill’

Upcoming Action-Heavy Film from Dharma Productions to Get a Hollywood Makeover.

The makers behind the John Wick series, Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, are gearing up to develop an English-language remake of the Bollywood action thriller Kill, originally produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.

Kill made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year (2023) in the Midnight Madness category and later, it was also screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, Kill tells the story of a soldier, Amrit (played by debutant Lakshya Lalwani), unwavering quest for justice against a corrupt system. Known for its high-octane stunts and gripping storyline, Kill set a benchmark in the Indian action genre, making it an ideal candidate for a Hollywood adaptation. The film also stars Raghav Juyal and Tanya Maniktala.

Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, renowned for their work on the John Wick franchise, starring Keanu Reeves, are excited yet cautious about the undertaking. “Nikhil delivers relentless action sequences that need to be seen by as wide an audience as possible,” Stahelski acknowledged. “It’s exciting to be developing an English-language version – we have big shoes to fill,” added the director. The collaboration marks a significant milestone in cross-cultural filmmaking, highlighting the increasing influence of Indian cinema on the global stage. (Source: DEADLINE)

The producers of the 2023 film, Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta (of Dharma Productions), and Guneet Monga and Achin Jain (from Sikhya Entertainment) expressed their enthusiasm for the project, stating, “When we made Kill with Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, we envisioned a story that would resonate globally.” “Seeing the enthusiasm from North American audiences during festival screenings was a testament to the film’s universal themes and thrilling action. Partnering with 87Eleven Entertainment and Lionsgate to produce an English remake is a significant milestone for Indian cinema,” they added to their joint statement.

The remake of Kill stands as a testament to the growing synergy between Hollywood and Bollywood, showcasing the potential for rich, diverse storytelling that transcends cultural boundaries. The film is set to make its theatrical release on July 5 2024 in India.

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