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John Wick Director Chad Stahelski to Produce English-Language remake of Indian action film Kill for Lionsgate.

Chad Stahelski, the director behind the highly successful modern action movie franchise John Wick, is now producing an English remake of the Indian action film, Kill.

The director behind the John Wick franchise, Chad Stahelski, will continue to cement his action movie legacy as he is now set to produce the English-language remake of the acclaimed Indian Hindi-language action outing Kill. As per a report by Deadline, Stahelski and his production company 87Eleven Entertainment will produce the Kill remake for Lionsgate, with the John Wick director praising the original as “one of the most vivid, wild, and creative action movies” he’s seen.

You can check out Chad Stahelski’s statement below.

“’Kill’ is one of the most vivid, wild, and creative action movies I’ve seen recently. Nikhil delivers relentless action sequences that need to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. It’s exciting to be developing an English-language version — we have big shoes to fill and I’m looking forward to working with Nikhil, Karan, Apoorva, Guneet, and Achin to achieve that.”

Kill sounds like the perfect action movie project for Stahelski to watch over, and centers on an army commando who must fight his way through a train after a gang of knife-wielding thieves begin to terrorize passengers. Written and directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, and starring Indian actor Lakshya, you can check out the official synopsis for Kill below.

“When army commando Amrit (Lakshya) finds out his true love Tulika (Tanya Maniktala) is engaged against her will, he boards a New Delhi-bound train in a daring quest to derail the arranged marriage. But when a gang of knife-wielding thieves led by the ruthless Fani (Raghav Juyal) begin to terrorize innocent passengers on his train, Amrit takes them on himself in a death-defying kill-spree to save those around him -- turning what should have been a typical commute into an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride.”

In a joint statement, the producers behind the original, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta for Dharma Productions, and Guneet Monga Kapoor & Achin Jain from Sikhya Entertainment, called the news a “big win for Indian cinema.”

“When we made ‘Kill’ with Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, we dreamed of global love, and seeing North American theaters chant ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!’ was like seeing that vision come alive. This announcement coming before the original film’s release is unprecedented and a big win for Indian cinema. We are truly honored.”

Kill has been met with much acclaim from critics, and currently stands at 92% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. MovieWeb's own Will Sayre says, "Nikhil Nagesh Bhat’s new film Kill is a wild ride (quite literally, you'll see) from start to finish. Watch it with your martial arts-obsessed pals, as an added bonus. You'll shriek, wince, laugh, cry, and more — all the ingredients of a successful big-screen effort," while Nate Richard of Collider declared that “Nikhil Nagesh Bhat's aggressively violent action flick is destined to become a cult classic."

After debuting during the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival back in September last year, the original Kill is due to hit theaters in India on July 5, 2024. Alongside the remake, the original has now been picked up by Lionsgate for release in North America and the United Kingdom, which marks the first time a Hollywood studio has acquired a Hindi-language movie for release in the United States.

Kill was released in US theaters on July 4.

Now if they are remaking this movie for American audiences, I hope they capture the essence of the Indian film regarding making the villains three dimensional like the hero of the film. The film also needs to explore the themes of classism, and the desperate measures people who fall under the poverty line take to make ends meet.

As a hardcore action movie fan, we don't just want cool fight choreography. I want to root for the hero as well as see the shades of gray in our villains.

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