Akshay Kumar is unstoppable when it comes to making back to back films. The actor was the first to resume work post the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, was lifted. Only a pandemic could slow down his pace but that too not for too long.
In November 2018, Fox Star Studios announced that it has signed a three-film deal with superstar Akshay’s banner Cape Of Good Films. It seemed like the beginning of a great association and obviously, it got the trade quite excited. The first movie as part of this partnership was Mission Mangal, the super-hit 2019 sci-fi drama. Fox and Akshay then followed it up with Laxmii. It was scheduled to release in cinemas on Eid 2020, but due to the shutting of theatres in the lockdown, it got a direct OTT release, on Disney+ Hotstar, on Diwali. But it looks like the third movie of this partnership will never see the light of the day.
A source told Bollywood Hungama, “The three-film deal was signed after Akshay Kumar and Fox Star Studios enjoyed working with each other in Jolly LLB 2, one of the biggest hits of 2017, and a solo production of Fox. When the deal was signed in 2018, no one anticipated that the studio would exit the business and would be taken over by Disney. It seems that Disney is not interested in getting into film production in India. Also, it’ll prefer to keep intellectual property rights of the films, but our artistes and producers here don’t expect that from studios. As a result, it’s a question mark on the future of this deal and whether this third film in question would be made in the near future.”
A trade expert adds, “Akshay Kumar is booked for the next two years. He’ll be shooting for Bachchan Pandey, Raksha Bandhan, Ram Setu, Mission Lion, Mudassar Aziz’s next, Yash Raj Films’ next, etc. He has finished shooting for Sooryavanshi, Bell Bottom, Prithviraj and Atrangi Re and would be taking out time to promote these films as well. Even if this impending film gets made, it’ll only happen after mid-2022 or 2022-end.”
Well, this surely is not a piece of great news for all the Akshay fans. But you tell us, what do you think of the pause caused in this collaboration?