As we informed earlier, Akshay Kumar will reunite with his Mission Mangal director, Jagan Shakti. We have learned that the film is a sci-fi action thriller in which Akshay plays a dual role. The title of the film was disclosed a few days later: Mission Lion. And now we have more information on the project.
“Akshay Kumar and his producers, Vashu and Jackky Bhagnani have decided to put Mission Lion on the back burner. It’s a costly film, and they felt this isn’t the right time to mount a film like this given the market scenario. Even the script work was taking longer than expected. As all factors came together, the trio decided to put the film on hold for time being,” a source informed Bollywood Hungama.
The source added, “The production budget of Mission Lion was expected to be upward of Rs. 70 crores and add to that, the acting fees of Akshay, other cast members, and the marketing spends. A film of this scale needed time with no compromise on script and budget front. The team will revisit it once the on ground scenario is better for theatrical business. In-fact, even the script had not shaped up as well as Akshay expected it to be.”
This has made Jagan sad because he was looking forward to starting production on the project. He had been planning to put it on floors long before the pandemic, but his plans have suddenly been thrown out the window.
“However, following the success of Mission Mangal, Jagan is the man in demand. He is now gearing up to direct a film for John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor by year end, which is the remake of Malayalam hit, Ayyappanum Koshiyum. After that, he is all set for a Tamil film from Summer 2022.”
Meanwhile, Akshay Kumar is one of Bollywood’s busiest men, starring in films such as Sooryavanshi, Raksha Bandhan, Atrangi Re, Ram Setu, Cinderella, Bachchan Pandey, Oh My God 2, and his digital debut, The End. His shooting schedule is set through the summer of 2022.