The remake, which will be directed by Shankar, will go on the floors in 2022.
Released in 2005, Anniyan featured Vikram as a lawyer having a multiple personality disorder. In the film, he develops two other identities — a fashion model named Remo, and a vigilante named Anniyan. The film was dubbed in Hindi and Telugu in 2006.
The remake will mark Singh’s first project with Shankar, who is known for films like Enthiran, 2.0, Indian, and Sivaji The Boss.
Talking about teaming up with Singh, Shankar said in a press release that the remake of Anniyan needed a “maverick, charismatic showman” to play the part of Vikram. Stating that the film will be pan-Indian, he mentioned that Singh was the best choice for the film as he had the ability to “immortalise a character” through his performance.
Singh said in the statement that the director was a “true disruptor”.
The remake will be produced by Jayantilal Gada’s Pen Studios and co-produced by God Bless Entertainment.
Anniyan, that also starred Sadha, Nedumudi Venu, Nassar and Prakash Raj, won the National Award for Special Effects in 2006. The film also other awards, including the Best Actor, Best Film and Best Director at the 53rd Filmfare Awards South. It also won the National Award for Special Effects in 2006.
Singh is awaiting the release of his sports biopic 83, which is based on the life of Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, on June 4. The film, directed by Kabir Khan, also stars Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jatin Sarna, and others.
Shankar on the other hand has Indian 2 with Kamal Haasan which is still at the shooting stage. The film, which was officially announced in 2017, was stalled earlier due to a freak crane accident on the film’s sets. Recently, the producers of Indian 2 filed a case against the director seeking an interim injunction on him from directing any other film before completing Indian 2.