Talking to Silverscreen India, Jeethu said that he had planned to direct the remake but he won’t be going ahead with it as he had several other projects in the pipeline.
“I am happy that the films have received so much love and been remade in so many languages but unfortunately I will not direct the Hindi remake of Drishyam 2. I do not know who will be directing it but I wish them all the best,” he said.
On Tuesday, producers Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak’s Panorama Studios International announced that their production house had acquired the Hindi remake rights of the Mohanlal-starrer Malayalam thriller. The production house took to Twitter to announce the news.
The producers are yet to announce the cast and crew, including the director.
In 2015, Drishyam, was remade in Hindi starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, and Shriya Saran in the lead. The film was helmed by late Nishikant Kamat.
In February, it was announced that Drishyam 2 will be remade under Jeethu’s direction in Telugu and will star Venkatesh and Meena. Both of them had starred in Drushyam (2014), the Telugu remake of Drishyam.
Drishyam 2 will also be remade in Tamil under the production of Rajkumar Sethupathi and Sri Priya of Rajkumar Theatres, Antony Perumbavoor. Kamal Haasan and Gauthami were the lead actors of Papanasam (2015), the Tamil remake of Drishyam.
The film was also remade in Kannada as Drishya (starring Ravichandran and Navya Nair), and in Sinhala as Dharmayuddhaya (starring Jackson Anthony and Dilhani Ekanayake). The film was remade in Chinese and was called Sheep Without a Shepherd, becoming one of the first Indian films to be remade in China.
Drishyam 2, in which Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, and Esther Anil reprised their roles, released on Amazon Prime Video on February 19. Drishyam centered around Georgekutty (Mohanlal), a common man who uses his wits to protect his family from a murder charge. In Drishyam 2, the story picks up after six years.