Hong Kong Cult Movie 'Infernal Affairs' to Get Indian Remake
The film is part of a two-picture deal between Warner Bros. and Indian banner Azure.
Andrew Lau’s Hong Kong gangster film Infernal Affairs is set for an Indian remake. Warner Bros. India and Mumbai-based banner Azure Entertainment said Monday that the Hindi-language remake is part of a two-picture deal between the companies to jointly develop, produce and distribute key titles from the Warner library for the Indian local film market. A second remake title will be announced at a later stage.
Lau's 2002 film spawned Martin Scorsese’s award-winning 2006 title The Departed, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.
“We are looking for a director for the Infernal Affairs remake,” Azure Entertainment CEO Sunir Kheterpal told THR. “We will set the film in contemporary times since the original was set in 2002. And of course, the setting will be in India, compared to the earlier two films which were respectively set in Hong Kong and Boston.”
“We could not have chosen a better title than Infernal Affairs to announce this collaboration,” Warner Bros. India vp Denzel Dias said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing great new Indian language films to local and global audiences.”
Azure’s slate has included remakes of other foreign titles such as Korean thriller The Man From Nowhere. The Bollywood version was titled Rocky Handsome, starring John Abraham and directed by Nishikant Kamat.
The banner’s current development slate includes planned remakes of Spanish titles The Body from Rodar y Rodar and Atresmedia’s The Invisible Guest. Also in the works are remakes of French titles including a three-picture deal with Gaumont and Quad Group’s Heartbreaker. Azure also has rights to Sophie Kinsella’s bestseller, Can You Keep A Secret? and Indian author Sushant Singh’s military novel Mission Overseas.