As the global film industry continues to be dominated by superhero films based on Stan Lee’s co-creations, including the upcoming X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Lee is now planning his first Bollywood film for India.
Graphic India, India’s leading character entertainment company, and Lee’s POW! Entertainment, announced Monday a partnership with Phantom Films, to begin pre-production on a live-action theatrical film for “Chakra The Invincible,” an Indian superhero created by Lee along with Graphic CEO, Sharad Devarajan.
The film will be directed by Vikramaditya Motwane who is currently working on the screenplay with Lee and Devarajan. Phantom’s Madhu Mantena will produce the film with Devarajan and POW! Entertainment’s Gill Champion.
Datta Dave at Tulsea (Motwane’s agent) brought the parties together and structured the arrangement. Unlike the animated kids property, the film version of Chakra will feature an older version of the character in his twenties, set against the backdrop of Mumbai.
“I’m a fan of Bollywood films and am really excited about launching Chakra the Invincible as my first Bollywood superhero movie,” commented Stan Lee, chief creative officer at POW! Entertainment.
Chakra The Invincible was originally launched as a kids animated film on Cartoon Network India two years ago, with three new animated TV movies currently in production to be released on Cartoon Network and Toonami later this year.
A digital mobile series was also launched for Chakra on Rovio’s ToonsTV available through the Angry Birds game.