MUMBAI: Fox Star Studios has made its first announcement as far as Hindi films are concerned. The studio has tied up with Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Blockbuster Films for two movies.
The two movies under this deal will be a visual effects-driven fantasy action movie and a contemporary romantic comedy. However, Shah will not be directing these movies. The agreement between the two also includes a first look deal on Shah’s future projects.
While the VFX event film will be supported by a team of top visual effects directors from Hollywood and supervised by Fox’s in-house visual effects team.
At present, Shah is in London shooting for his fortcoming movie London Dreams.
Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said, "We are delighted to announce our creative partnership with Vipul Shah. His talent and demonstrated understanding of Indian audiences, together with our Studio’s marketing and financial expertise, will provide audiences of Indian cinema with films that will set new benchmarks in India and around the world. Vipul is a valuable part of our creative plans, and we are looking forward to a fruitful long-term relationship with him."
Shah added, "I am extremely excited to work with Fox Star Studios India. I have always believed in growing and surprising my audiences with every film I work on. The deal with Fox Star Studios gives me the opportunity to develop innovative concepts and work with the best talent to create films that will appeal to audiences around the globe. This is the future for Indian cinema – we have to partner with the best technical and creative talent from around the world while yet keeping the Indian soul in our films intact."
Star CEO Paul Aiello said, "As the leading broadcaster in India, Star fully understands the importance of partnering with inspired local talent in order to build a strong connection with the audience. We are thus very happy to join hands with leading producer Vipul Shah who has a well established track record of producing high quality box office hits. This tie-up sets the table for some truly groundbreaking cinematic releases which I am confident will enthrall audiences in India and across the world."
Fox Star Studios India CEO Vijay Singh said, "It is just amazing how Indian cinema has continued to reinvent itself and is today the best expression of popular Indian culture. Our relationship with Vipul is special – a shared vision to create global quality content, but with an Indian soul for Indian audiences across the world. We are committed to accessing and demonstrating Twentieth Century Fox and Star’s global strengths in the development, production, distribution and marketing of Bollywood films. The Indian film industry is expected to nearly double in size over the next five years – from $ 2.4 billion in 2007 to $ 4.4 billion in 2012. So there is tremendous opportunity to grow."
Blockbuster Films’ recent hits include Namastey London and Singh Is Kinng.