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Kicking off today's updates, first up, Malayalam hit director Vysakh’s films have always had mass elements to appeal to a larger audience. His next movie is titled Night Drive and features Indrajith Sukumaran, Roshan Mathew, and Anna Ben in lead roles. Vysakh is all set to present the lead actors in a never seen before avatar, says scriptwriter Abhilash Pillai.
“It's going to be another stylish thriller film by Vysakh," he says, speaking exclusively to OTTPlay. He further adds that while the movie has all the elements of a complete entertainer, it is primarily a thriller.
Ranjin Raj would be composing the music and Shaji Kumar would be the man behind the camera. The film is slated to go on the floors soon!
Two big Hollywood movies Shang-chi and the Ten Rings, and Jungle cruise are all set to release on Disney + Hotstar.
Shang-chi, with its meticulously executed martial arts and a lot of Marvel swagger, has made quite an impression with fans and critics alike, ever since its theatrical release. The movie is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. The story is about a skilled martial artist who was trained to be an assassin at a young age. Now a young man, he must confront his estranged father who possesses the ten rings, a weapon that could cause mass destruction.
Jungle Cruise, after a successful run at the theatres, is all set to drop on Disney+Hotstar. This fantasy adventure stars Hollywood heavyweights Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and follows the story of a British botanist and her brother, seeking the help of a boat captain to travel across the Amazon in search of a magical tree. Interestingly, the movie is based on an amusement ride in the Disney theme park. Talk about seeking inspiration from unexpected avenues!
Both Shang Chi and Jungle Cruise are slated to release on Disney+Hotstar on November 12th.
Britney vs Spears, an exclusive Netflix documentary on Britney is inching closer to release. The documentary is directed by Erin Lee Carr and has been underway for more than a year now. It is based on Spears' highly unusual conservatorship and will feature key players in Spears' life. It is unclear, though highly unlikely that Spears herself will appear in the project, given how closely guarded she has been from the media on the subject.
An 18 seconds exclusive teaser has already been released but the official Indian release date for the documentary is not confirmed yet. But from what we've learned, Britney fans won't have to wait too long for this one to drop.
Moving on to some Harry Potter magic now, director Chris Columbus is returning to the kid's fantasy genre with a live-action series based on his House of Secrets books.
The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone director co-authored the House of Secrets school fantasy book series with the late Ned Vizzini.
Chris is all set to team up with 26th street partners, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe, to develop the novels for Disney.
“Chris, Michael, and Mark tell stories that resonate with multiple audiences, across generations and genres that deliver a sense of magic and wonderment through definitional characters,'' said Ayo Davis, exe VP, creative development and strategy, Disney branded television.
Onto some crime drama, Ray Donovan, the ever-popular American crime drama series by Ann Biderman, that completed 7 seasons and also won several coveted awards, like the Critics’ Choice Award for most exciting new series and the Golden Globe Award for the best-supporting actor, is now all set to be Indianised, rather officially adapted, to create a series for Netflix in Telugu. Real-life uncle and nephew, megastars Venkatesh and Rana Daggubati will be collaborating for the very first time for this web series. The series would be titled, Rana Naidu.
Elaborating on the concept, Netflix said the character of Rana Naidu is on the speed dial of Bollywood celebs since there is no problem he cannot fix.
Well, that was the Sizzling Samachar of the Day for you. I shall be back again tomorrow with some more sizzling news from the world of movies and entertainment on OTTPlay, until then it's me Nikhil signing off! Bye