Akshay Kumar’s upcoming thriller, called ‘Mission Lion,’ reunites the star with ‘Mission Mangal’ (2019) director, Jagan Shakti. The film is a sci-fi action thriller in which Kumar plays a dual role. However, as per reports, the film will now be put on hold for the time being.
A source close to the production said, according to Box Office Worldwide, “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.”
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.”
Shaktii had been planning to go into production long before the pandemic kicked in.
The source concluded by saying, “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, Kumar remains busy through to the summer of 2022, with coming movies such as ‘Sooryavanshi’ and ‘Atrangi Re.’ He will also make his OTT digital debut with ‘The End.’
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