Drishyam 2, the Malayalam drama thriller and the sequel to Drishyam (2013) which opened to positive reviews upon its release on Friday, is set to be remade in Telugu, the makers of the film announced on social media on Sunday.
Drushyam 2 will feature actors Venkatesh and Meena. The duo also featured in Drushyam (2014), the Telugu remake of Drishyam. It was directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Sri Priya. However, Jeethu Joseph, who directed the Malayalam original and its sequel will be directing Drushyam 2. Nadhiya and Naresh will play pivotal roles in the Telugu film, the makers said in a press note.
The Telugu sequel’s shooting will commence on March 5 and will be shot for 50 days, according to the makers. The film’s publicity manager Vamsi Shekar told Silverscreen India that the shooting will begin in Hyderabad.
The film will be produced by Rajkumar Sethupathi and Sri Priya of Rajkumar Theatres, Antony Perumbavoor and D Suresh Babu.
Sethupathi, Perumbavoor, and Sri Priya will also be producing the Tamil remake of Drishyam 2. Kamal Haasan and Gauthami were the lead actors of Papanasam (2015), the Tamil remake of Drishyam. Nikil Murukan, the publicity manager of the Tamil remake told Silverscreen India that only the remake has been confirmed so far. The director and cast members of the Tamil remake have not yet been decided, he added.
Drishyam 2, in which Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba Hassan, and Esther Anil have reprised their roles, released on Amazon Prime Video on February 19. Drishyam centred 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. While Meena plays Georgekutty’s wife Rani, Ansiba portrays his elder daughter Anju, and Esther his younger daughter Anu.
Apart from Telugu and Tamil remakes, the film was also remade in Kannada as Drishya (starring Ravichandran and Navya Nair), in Hindi as Drishyam (starring Ajay Devgn, and Shriya Saran), 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.