Filmmaker Ayan Mukerji will direct the sequel to Hrithik Roshan starrer War, which is a part of Yash Raj Films’ ambitious Spy Universe. Mukerji previously directed Disney’s Indian mythological superhero film “Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva”.
While there is no official announcement from YRF, on Tuesday, Ayan posted a note on Instagram to give updates on the progress of the sequels to his 2022 hit fantasy adventure Brahmastra. In the note, he hinted at “a special opportunity.” Though he didn’t name the film, a report by Variety confirms that the filmmaker will direct War 2.
According to a report in Variety, “Aditya Chopra is choosing the captain of the ship for each YRF Spy Universe film strategically. Ayan has delivered big hits which appeal to all audience segments and has the pulse of Indian audiences. He has shown that he knows how to mount a film on a huge scale, which is essential for someone to direct War 2. Plus, he is a young filmmaker who can bring a different kind of newness to the Spy Universe. Ayan will have his unique take on how to make an epic action spectacle with War 2. Aditya Chopra trusts him to take the franchise forward. Ayan directing War 2 is probably the most exciting announcement of recent times. All eyes on him to make the franchise and the YRF Spy Universe bigger.”
Created by producer Aditya Chopra, the spy universe kicked off with the Tiger franchise, starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, beginning with ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ (2012) and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ (2017), and continued with ‘War’ (2019), starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. The latest instalment in the universe, ‘Pathaan’, starring Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham, is the biggest Indian hit of the year so far.
The next film in the spy universe, ‘Tiger 3‘, is due a release in November, over the Diwali festival holiday frame. Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan will headline ‘Tiger vs Pathaan’, which is due to commence production in January 2024.