E4 Entertainment, a Chennai based production house that primarily deals with the production and distribution of Tamil and Malayalam cinema is now foraying into the digital platform for a web series on the bandit and smuggler Veerappan.
The production house which had produced the recent Dhruv Vikram starrer Adithya Varma in Tamil and Shane Nigam starrer Ishq in Malayalam will be basing the series on retired IPS officer and former ADGP K Vijay Kumar’s book Veerappan: Chasing The Brigand. The production house took to Twitter to make the announcement.
#E4Entertainment is happy to share that we are entering the Web Series segment with one of the best true stories written by IPS Vijayakumar in his book “Chasing the Brigand “ @E4Emovies @e4echennai @cvsarathi @proyuvraaj @sri50 #Veerappan pic.twitter.com/mogQbL0Kgn
— E4 Entertainment (@E4Emovies) July 29, 2020
Vijay Kumar’s 2017 book Veerappan: Chasing The Brigand is a documentation of the life of Veerappan right from his rise to fall. The author sold the rights of his book to the banner a while ago.
His tweet read, “I am happy to see that E4E who bought the film rights to my book shall finally be releasing the web series for it. – K.Vijay Kumar. Will share more information soon.”
The language, cast, and crew of the series are yet to be revealed by the banner. Shooting for the series will begin once the lockdown is lifted and the government permits outdoor shooting.
Apart from the announcement, the official statement also said that E4 holds the copyright of the book and will take serious action if it comes across any infringement. “Any web series or feature film replicating the book, its episodes in part or as whole or any characters in the book or their mannerisms as depicted in the book is liable for damages and legal action for copyright infringement.”
It added, “The detailing in the book about STF operations, characters including STF chief Mr.Vijayakumar IPS and many in the police force, their characteristics and stories, STF operations, and other detailings as told in the book comes under copyright and anyone violating the copyright will be liable for legal action and damages.”
Meanwhile, E4 Entertainment is providing it’s YouTube channel as a platform for aspiring filmmakers to exhibit their short films. They have received more than 200 entries so far and will announce their plan of action on August 5th.
200+ short film entries..!!
Thank you for such an overwhelming response.!
Our panel will look into each work and will update accordingly by 5th of August 2020.
— E4 Entertainment (@E4Emovies) July 21, 2020