John Wick producer is making an English remake of Dharma Productions' 'Kill', says he has 'bigger roles to cast' | Hollywood


Lionsgate and 87Eleven Entertainment, the production companies behind the popular John Wick franchise, have announced plans to make an English-language remake of the Indian action thriller Kill. Directed by Nikhil Nagesh Bhat and produced by leading Indian filmmakers including Karan Johar, the Hindi-language film is set to release in India on July 5. (Also Read – Kill trailer: Lakshya stabs one man in the eye, sets another's head on fire. Watch)

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Kill, which had its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival and later screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, is the gripping story of Indian Army commando Amrit (played by Lakshya) who races against time and armed enemies on a train to New Delhi to rescue his girlfriend Tulika (played by Tanya Maniktala).

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As Deadline reports, 87Eleven Entertainment's Chad Stahelski, Jason Spitz and Alex Young will direct the remake, influenced by the original film's intense action sequences and compelling narrative.

“Nikhil has created relentless action sequences that deserve to be seen by a wider audience,” Stahelski commented, adding “It's exciting to be developing an English-language version – we face great challenges.”

The decision to remake Kill in English underlines the growing international appeal of Indian cinema and its ability to attract audiences beyond borders.

The film's makers expressed their excitement for the collaboration, highlighting the film's reception at international festivals and the anticipation of its theatrical release in India. “When we made Kill with Nikhil Nagesh Bhat, we envisioned a story that would resonate globally,” said the makers' joint statement, quoted by Deadline.

It added, “The enthusiasm of North American audiences during the festivals was a testament to the film's universal themes and thrilling action. Partnering with 87Eleven Entertainment and Lionsgate to create the English remake is a significant milestone for Indian cinema.”

The cast of the original film, starring Lakshya in the lead role and supported by Raghav Juyal and Tanya Maniktala, received praise for their performances, especially the film's thrilling action sequences set against the backdrop of a tense train journey.

In addition to its powerful action, Kill is known for its emotional depth and exploration of themes such as love, duty, and sacrifice. The remake aims to capture the essence of the original while also presenting it to a wider English-speaking audience familiar with Lionsgate's history of action films.

John Wick is a popular action franchise, starring Keanu Reeves in the lead role, that spans three well-known films. The third installment came out last year. The next chapter in the John Wick universe is Ballerina, starring Ana de Armas. It was delayed from this summer to June 6, 2025, and follows de Armas' Ruxa Roma assassin.

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