STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation (NYSE:ESGC) (“ErosSTX”), said today that it is working on a romantic comedy starring Deepika Padukone, who will also produce the picture through her Ka Productions label. Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group, made the announcement today.
The studio is also in talks with Temple Hill Productions’ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (the Twilight trilogy, The Fault in Our Stars, Love, Simon) to produce the film, which will be a multi-cultural romantic comedy starring Padukone. For Temple Hill, Isaac Klausner is in charge of the project.
Commenting on the announcement, Fogelson said, “There is a reason Deepika is one of the biggest global stars to come from India. She is enormously talented with an infectious personality and her profile continues to grow as an international superstar. While she has been a phenomenal success in many Eros International films, we are thrilled to be building a romantic comedy with her and our friends at Temple Hill. We believe this project gives us the opportunity to tap into the spirit, voice, characters and vibrant settings of India and New York in ways that made Crazy Rich Asians feel so authentic and fresh.”
Deepika says, “Ka Productions was founded with the aim to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal. I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world.”
In 2018, Time magazine named DEEPIKA PADUKONE one of the 100 Most Influential People on the Planet. She was recognised in VARIETY’S “International Women’s Impact Report” in 2018 and 2021, which honours the accomplishments of women in the entertainment industry around the world.
The actress made her English-language film debut in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, in which she co-starred with Vin Diesel.
She is also the founder of Ka Productions, which produced Chhapaak as well as the upcoming films The Intern and ’83. She is currently working on an untitled project with Shakun Batra and Siddharth Anand.
Padukone previously acted in Chhapaak, a critically praised film based on the life of acid assault survivor Laxmi Agarwal. She also starred in the critically acclaimed film Padmavaat, which shattered all box office records. Piku and Baijaro Mastani, the highest-grossing and third-highest-grossing foreign Hindi language film releases, respectively, are among his other notable credits.
She was honoured with the coveted World Economic Forum Crystal Award last year for her efforts to raise mental health awareness.