Warner Bros India is partnering with Mumbai-based Azure Entertainment on a local remake of Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs. The companies will jointly invest in and produce the project which was the source material for Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning 2006 crime drama The Departed.
The remake is the first piece of a two-picture deal between Azure and Warner to jointly develop, produce and distribute key titles from the WB library for the Indian market — whose box office is largely dominated by local titles.Directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, the original Infernal Affairs starred Andy Lau and Tony Leung and was the first in a trilogy of films. Leung played a police officer who goes undercover, infiltrating the triads. Conversely, Lau was a triad member who acts as a mole inside the Hong Kong PD. The twisty films gained a global cult following. Scorsese’s take — which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Alec Baldwin and Vera Farmiga — earned a Best Picture Oscar as well as honors for Directing, Adapted Screenplay and Editing.
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Azure and WB India are close to formalizing a director for the Hindi remake. WB has a great track-record with local-language productions in several markets and Azure is a specialist in remakes. It’s currently in development on re-dos of Spanish originals The Body and The Invisible Guest as well as French pic Heartbreaker under a three-film deal with Gaumont.
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