Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures to produce Mumbai Saga trilogy

Sanjay Gupta, who co-produced the hit gangster film Shootout at Lokhandwala and recently co-produced and directed another film in the franchise, Shootout at Wadala; has plans to make a film titled Mumbai Saga, along with Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures. He says that is his most ambitious project so far and he plans to make a trilogy.

“Mumbai Saga is a magnum opus in the making and now Gupta has turned further ambitious by converting it into a franchise. High drama and action would form an integral part of the enterprise and his creative team is now putting together content to warrant a trilogy. While first in the series would go on floors in early 2014, other two would follow as well. This means for now, another Shootout is on hold,” informs a source.

The last film Shootout at Wadala was a tremendous hit, just like its predecessor. So the fact that the makers are putting the Shootout film on hold, is very surprising. Moreover, it was Balaji Motion Pictures’ biggest hit of the year and it also saw Sanjay Gupta as a director after more than 5 years.

“But then we don’t have a story yet for another Shootout,” says Gupta, “With two great successes behind you, the pressure to deliver another hit is immense. We will be back but for now, it is Mumbai Saga trilogy that would keep me occupied for three years.”

It would be much lesser gap though between Shootout at Wadala and next Shootout… ,” says Gupta; as there was a six year gap between Shootout at Lokhandwala and Shootout at Wadala. “Both Ekta and I are not the kind to blindly capitalize on a successful franchise. The right script is most important. Also, considering the fact that we took six years between the first and the second, three is still half the time,” he adds.

“In any case we have our slate set for 2014 and 2015. There are 12 films already in the pipeline with six coming every year. For the next Shootout, we need a terrific script to justify the franchise. We are ready to wait till 2016 for that. There is no hurry,” says a source from Balaji Motion Pictures.

Nevertheless, whatever that comes out first is sure gonna be a worth watch.

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