Fox ready to speak Tamil

Two-picture deal with Murugadoss is first language foray

NEW DELHI -- Fox Star Studios, the pan-Asian joint venture between Twentieth Century Fox and broadcaster Star, has signed a two-picture deal with South Indian filmmaker A R Murugadoss, the studio said Wednesday.

The deal marks FSS's first foray into South India's prolific Tamil language cinema industry. Murugadoss directed the 2005 Tamil blockbuster “Ghajini” and its Hindi remake last year, starring top actor Aamir Khan, which grossed an estimated $40 million worldwide.

A spokesperson for FSS told THR Wednesday that under the terms of the deal, Murugadoss will develop two projects, the first of which will likely begin production sometime this year. It did not provide any information regarding bugets.

“In India, Tamil films are second only to Bollywood in popularity, and we are delighted to be accessing this growing segment through this deal with Murugadoss, one of the most successful writer-directors in Tamil and Hindi cinema,” FSS CEO Vijay Singh said in a statement.

“We’ve been looking at the Tamil market for quite some time and from the moment we met Murugadoss, we knew we have found a like-minded partner to lead us there,” Sanford Panitch, president of Fox International Productions added.

FSS is expected to release its first title in the next few months, comedy caper “Quick Gun Murugan,” which the studio acquired last year from independent banner Phat Phish Films.