Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bollywood Roundup 2009

Here. Most interesting to me is the Holly-Bolly dealmaking, and that Kites will have two edits, an Indian version and an international version:
"Hopes are high from Kites as its international version is being edited by Brett Ratner, best known for the Rush Hour series and for Family Man. He is currently at work on the English version of Kites and is tailoring it to appeal to an international audience.

The Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol film on terrorism, My Name Is Khan, has been selected to screen at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival. Directed by Karan Johar, the film has been acquired by Fox Star for a reported $20 million.

Fox Star has also signed a two-film deal each with Vipul Shah and A R Murugadoss.

Paul Schrader of Taxi Driver fame is making Xtreme City on Mumbai slums and mafia in collaboration with Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha and writer Mushtaq Sheikh.

Reliance BIG Pictures has inked deals with Nicolas Cage's Saturn Films, Jim Carrey's JC 23 Entertainment, George Clooney's Smokehouse Productions, Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions, Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, Jay Roach's Everyman Pictures, Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment, Julia Roberts' Red Om Films and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment to develop scripts."