Mansi Baga, the founder of Mini Films had acquired the Hindi remake rights of Forensic in December 2020.
Furia told Silverscreen India that the film was in the pre-production stage and the casting was in progress. He said that an announcement regarding some of the cast members will be made soon.
“Vikrant is currently busy with another project and unfortunately also tested positive for Covid-19. Once he is fine and finished his current commitment, we will start with the film’s workshops, and hopefully very soon go on floors,” Furia said.
Furia has earlier directed Massey in Hotstar’s Criminal Justice.
The director also told Silverscreen India that while the earlier plan was to start the shoot in a couple of months, it might change due to the Covid-19 situation.
Forensic is a crime and mystery thriller starring Tovino Thomas as the protagonist. It released in theatres in February 2020 and is available for streaming on Netflix. The story revolves around a forensic officer who uses his skills to catch a psychotic serial killer whose victims are little girls. The film also featured Mamta Mohandas, Reba Monica John, Renji Panicker, Dhanesh Anand, and Saiju Kurup in prominent roles.
While the original film was “lovely”, Furia said that it can be better.
“The story can be told for a pan-India audience in a better way with stronger characters and different drama. There is a lot of scope to make the film better which is why I agreed to do it. This remake has quite a few changes and it will almost look like a new film. There will be a new elements that will be brought in,” he said.
Talking about Massey’s casting, Furia said that the actor was cast first which was followed by the producers approaching Furia to direct the film.
Massey will be stepping into Tovino’s shoes in the Hindi remake. Massey is also part of Santosh Sivan’s Mumbaikar, the Hindi remake of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Tamil film Maanagaram. The actor, who tested positive for Covid-19 on March 28, had been shooting Love Hostel directed by Shanker Raman.
Massey is waiting for the release of Vinil Mathew’s Haseen Dillruba, which co-stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role. The film, produced by Aanand L Rai and Himanshu Sharma under the banner Colour Yellow Productions will release on Netflix later this year.