ShivHans Pictures has signed a first-look film deal with Hotel Mumbai star Dev Patel.
Under the deal, Patel will produce, develop and create projects with Shivani Rawat, CEO and founder of ShivHans Pictures, and president of production Julie Goldstein.
“We want to tell stories that we’re desperate to see about characters and worlds that we haven’t seen before. We’re super excited to collaborate with ShivHans Pictures to make bold and heartfelt content, drawing from our unique cultural experiences to give a voice to the outsiders and underdogs,” Patel, The Slumdog Millionaire star who earned an Oscar nomination for Lion in 2016, said in a statement.
The deal reunites Patel and ShivHans Pictures, which earlier collaborated on Hotel Mumbai. Patel is in postproduction on his feature directorial debut Monkey Man, based on a script he co-wrote and produced for Netflix.
“We are thrilled to partner with Dev Patel, who has an incredibly fresh vision for projects that align with the ShivHans Pictures mission. Dev has portrayed some of the most memorable and groundbreaking characters and brings forth diverse and engaging storytelling to the screen,” Rawat said in his own statement.
ShivHans Pictures’ recent movie credits include Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road, starring Liam Neeson and Laurence Fishburne; Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of Chicago 7; David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, The Water Man; and Sneha Koorse’s Badmash, a collaboration with Issa Rae’s ColorCreative.
Patel also starred in Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and will appear in A24’s upcoming The Green Knight.
He is repped by WME, Curtis Brown and Magnolia.