'300' Producer to Develop Film Based on Indian Comic Book Series 'The Sadhu'

2:40 AM PST 03/13/2014 by Nyay Bhushan
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Graphic India's comic series "The Sadhu"

Mark Canton will develop the feature based on a screenplay co-written by Gotham Chopra, son of new age guru Deepak Chopra, and Graphic India head Sharad Devarajan.

Producer Mark Canton will develop a live-action film, Warrior: Revenge of The Sadhu, via his Atmosphere Entertainment banner based on Graphic India's superhero comic book series The Sadhu.

Canton’s credits include the just-released 300: Rise of An Empire, The Immortals and the earlier adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel 300.

Graphic India co-founders, Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra (son of new age author Deepak Chopra) who will produce the film with Canton, also co-wrote the screenplay for Warrior: Revenge of The Sadhu. The story is based on a new mobile comic series on the character to be launched later this year across India.

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The story centers on James Jenson, a British soldier whose family is brutally murdered by a corrupt superior officer in the Indian colony of Bengal in 1858 during British rule. Jenson escapes to the remote forests where he seeks refuge with the mysterious Indian mystics known as sadhus. After years of being trained in their supernatural arts, Jenson must decide whether to use his newfound powers for inner peace and enlightenment as they are intended or to use them to get justice against the people who murdered his family.

“In the same way Greek myths have captivated the imagination of audiences around the world, the screenplay by Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan for Warrior taps into the mystical traditions and mythologies of India through an accessible action-packed adventure that I am confident will make a spectacular blockbuster film and will mark the birth of a new franchise,” said Canton.
 
“With 300 and Immortals, Mark Canton has produced some of the most successful films in Hollywood based on epic myths and legends,” added Devarajan. “We are incredibly honored that he will now be working with us to take the story of The Sadhu to the big screen.”

Graphic India was formed by comic book company Liquid Comics and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of Peter Chernin's The Chernin Group.

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