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Bollywood is looking beyond Hollywood for inspiration when it comes to remakes with Lionsgate, Globalgate and Indian banner Azure Entertainment set to produce Indian versions of Mexican dramedy Instructions Not Included and South Korean action thriller The Terror Live.
The three companies have inked a multi-title deal for Indian adaptations, with the first two named projects coming from Globalgate’s library. Further details about casting and release dates will be announced at a later date.
Globalgate is a joint consortium of Lionsgate and 10 other leading international content companies which include Germany’s Tobis, France’s Gaumont, Brazil’s Paris Filmes and Colombia’s Cine Colombia, among others.
Released in 2013, Instructions Not Included is considered the most successful Spanish-language film ever, grossing nearly $100 million worldwide. The film, which marked the feature debut of actor turned director Eugenio Derbez, is set in Mexico and Los Angeles and focuses on a Mexican-born Hollywood stuntman’s relationship with his daughter. Originally produced and distributed by Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, the title produced a hit 2016 French remake, Demain Tout Commence, while local versions for other countries are in the pipeline.
The Terror Live, which grossed $36 million in South Korea in 2013, is also eyeing possible remakes for Western Europe and Asia. Kim Byung-woo’s blockbuster chronicles a news anchorman’s struggle to contend, on live television, with the increasingly bloody acts of a mysterious caller.
Lionsgate has previously co-produced a Bollywood version of the Tom Hardy drama Warrior, which was remade as Brothers and stars Akshay Kumar. The studio had also earlier announced a planned remake of the Bruce Willis action drama Red as a co-production with Bollywood star Anil Kapoor’s AKFC banner.
Azure is also not new to remakes, having produced 2016’s Rocky Handsome, a Bollywood version of Korean action drama The Man From Nowhere. The company recently signed a two-picture deal with Warner Bros that includes an upcoming remake of the iconic Hong Kong drama Infernal Affairs.
Azure’s development slate includes agreements for remakes of various international projects including Spanish titles The Body and The Invisible Guest, a three-film deal with French producer Gaumont, rights to U.K. author Sophie Kinsella’s best-seller Can You Keep a Secret? and a remake of French gangster epic Les Lyonnais by Olivier Marchal.
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