The 45-year-old actor, who has action films such as “Dishoom”, “Force 2” and “Rocky Handsome” to his credit, is prepping for an out-an-out adventure film, whose first installment will arrive in January 2019.
“I am planning an action film which will be the mother of all action films. It is going to be a huge franchise. I can assure you India would not have seen an action film like this. It is a franchise called ‘Attack’.
The first one is coming in January next year. We have finalised the team. We have also started prep work,” John told agencies.
The actor, who will also headline the first film, says that the project is based on “an original script (which has been) developed” by him.
John says once he is through with the filming of “Batla House”, he will dive straight into this hardcore action film, which will be produced by his banner, JA Entertainment.
In 2013, the actor-producer had announced a slice-of-life movie, “Banana” to be directed by Imtiaz Ali’s brother Sajid Ali.
“‘Banana’ is a film which is close to my heart. Imtiaz’s brother is a very talented director. It is a small film. He has made a beautiful film,” he says.
John adds the team is facing “complications” in the production process.
“You need right partners. The film moved hands…” he adds.
Talking about his another pending production, “SatraKoShaadiHai”, he says, “The project was with Disney and they are the best people to talk about. Unfortunately, the film is not in our hands. We were very happy with the film but it did not see the light of the day because of them.”
John assures that one of his dream projects, “1911”, based on football will come to fruition soon.
“1911 will happen. We will make the announcement soon,” he says.
“1911” follows the story of footballer SibdasBhaduri, who captained the football team MohunBagan in the historic 1911 IFA Shield Final, where it defeated the East Yorkshire Regiment with a score of 2-1 to become the first Asian team to win the contest.
John says he is open to the idea of making a “Dishoom” sequel and third installment in the “Force” franchise.
“Both VarunDhawan and I wanted to do ‘Dishoom 2’. I hope it happens. ‘Force’ is with me and filmmaker Vipul Shah. And until we chance upon something interesting, we will not do it,” he says.
The actor is currently awaiting the release of “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran”, that is set to arrive in the theatres on May 25.