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Kill Remake in Development at Lionsgate and 87Eleven

Lionsgate announced today that 87Eleven Entertainment, the production company behind the billion-dollar John Wick franchise and the upcoming Highlander film, will produce an English-language remake of the Indian action film Kill. Adam Fogelson, chair of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, made the announcement.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release the original Hindi-language version of Kill in U.S. theaters on Thursday, July 4. Kill was written and directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and produced by Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta for Dharma Productions, and Guneet Monga Kapoor & Achin Jain from Sikhya Entertainment.

Kill Remake in Development at Lionsgate and 87Eleven

This week’s release marks one of the first times a mainstream Hindi-language film has partnered with a Hollywood studio for a theatrical release in North America and the U.K.

“Kill is one of the most vivid, wild, and creative action movies I’ve seen recently,” said 87Eleven Entertainment’s Chad Stahelski. “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.”

In a joint statement, the producers said, “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. As we approach our global release, we are thrilled that 87Eleven Entertainment will produce a remake of our film in English.

Lionsgate and 87Eleven to team up.

“Partnering with Lionsgate, the award-winning studio behind genre-defining action movies, has been incredibly gratifying. This announcement, coming before the original film’s release, is unprecedented and a big win for Indian cinema. We are truly honored.”

Kill marks the second collaboration of Dharma Productions and Sikhya Entertainment after the widely loved film The Lunchbox. Dharma Productions is known for its global presence with Karan Johar’s pioneering work in the movies for over 25 years.

Sikhya Entertainment is the award-winning Indian production house that brought India’s first Academy Award for an Indian production.

Lionsgate and 87Eleven to team up.

Starring newcomer Lakshya alongside Raghav Juyal and Tanya Maniktala, the extreme action film Kill made its world premiere to critical acclaim at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival as a Midnight Madness selection and played earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

In the film, star-crossed lovers Tulika (Maniktala) and Amrit (Lakshya) find their clandestine relationship jeopardized after Tulika’s family whisks her aboard the Rajdhani Express bound for New Delhi and an arranged marriage. But commandos Amrit and his friend Viresh are far from willing to let fate dictate their story.

They embark on a “rescue” mission that becomes a gory adventure. Blurring the lines between duty and emotion as every track twist could mean life or death, Kill paints a portrait of how far a man can go in love to rewrite his destiny.

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