Hombale Films, the studio behind mega-hits Kantara and the KGF franchise, has confirmed that Kantara 2 will be a prequel that delves into the backstory of the folklore that features in the first film.
Kantara star and director Rishab Shetty is currently scripting the highly-anticipated Kannada-language feature, part of an ambitious slate across four South Indian languages announced by the Bangalore-based studio, which recently pledged to invest Rs 3000 crores in films and series over the next five years. Shetty will again star in and direct the film.
Hombale Films founder Vijay Kiragandur was quoted as stating, “He plans to start shooting in June, as a portion of the shoot requires the rainy season, and our intention is to give the film a pan-India release in April or May next year.”
Kiragandur said the budget for the prequel will be substantially bigger than for the first film: “Kantara was so successful that whatever we do next has to be big, as expectations are high. We’ll add a few names to the cast but we want to keep it authentic and similar in style and substance to the first film.”
While, Kantara was made on a budget of Rs 16 crore and grossed around Rs 400 crore at the worldwide box office. The success of this movie globally stunned Rishab Shetty as well as the producer, Hombale Films.