The rather picky Hrithik Roshan is soon building an interesting line-up of films. He plays a prince in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro and a pirate in Vijay Krishna (Victor) Acharya’s Thug, a big-budget action-cum-love story, produced by Yash Raj Films.
A source informs, “YRF is working on two action dramas — Thug and Dhoom 4, both directed by Victor. The story of Thug is kept under wraps as Hrithik begins shooting for it from January next year. It’s a fantasy film, set against a fictional historical setting, and revolves around the adventures of a dashing pirate captain (Hrithik) and his crew. Hrithik’s character is something like Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and what he plays in the Pirates Of The Caribbean (POTC) series. As Aditya Chopra has made a successful franchise of the Dhoom series, the idea is to make a Thug series if the first one is successful. Hrithik is excited about playing a swashbuckling pirate, something he hasn’t done before. He has been sitting through various look tests with Victor and Adi. The shooting of Thug will begin from January next year.”
The source adds that a huge set of a ship will be put up in YRF during the next couple of months where the major scenes on board will be canned. “The first schedule is a lengthy one — 150 days — after which, more than half of the film is expected to be ready. The lead actress opposite Hrithik is being finalised.”
There were talks of Deepika Padukone signing Thug opposite Hrithik, but she has denied those reports.
The first release Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) grossed US$ 654 million worldwide. Next up, Dead Man’s Chest (2006) ended up being the number one film of the year upon earning almost $1.1 billion to-date at the worldwide box office.
At World’s End (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011) also grossed more than $1 billion. It was the eighth film in history to achieve this.
The franchise has grossed $3.73 billion worldwide so far and is the 10th highest-grossing series of all-time and it was the first franchise where more than one film grossed $1 billion worldwide.
The fifth film Dead Men Tell No Tales is currently in early stages of post-production and is set for a July 2017 release.