Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Eyes 'Brothers' Follow-Ups

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate Eyes 'Brothers' Follow-Ups

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Studio brass have been encouraged by the early success of their first Hindi-language film, which has generated $15.4m in its first two weekends on the sub-continent and $17.2m overall including a handful of diaspora territories.

Now Lionsgate, which co-produced the $12-15m remake while Endemol India and Dharma Productions co-financed, is understood to be planning more.

The studio declined to identify titles but Screendaily understands the roster could encompass Bollywood remakes from the 16,000-strong library or original content made in association with Endemol India and Dharma Productions as well as other Indian entities.

Indeed sources said one major property has already attracted significant interest from local producers.

"We got very interested in India a couple of years ago and Jim Packer [president of worldwide television and digital distribution] and I took a trip to Mumbai and Delhi and met with production companies," said Lionsgate evp of international sales Wendy Reeds on the genesis of Brothers.

"We spoke about our IP and asked if they were interested in remakes and Endemol India jumped on board. They thought it made for a great story that had not been done before in India, so we did the deal pretty quickly. …

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