Mumbai: ‘Gumnaam’ remake was being planned, but nothing went forward since son of NN Sippy (producer of the original film), Pravesh Sippy, claimed he hasn’t sold rights to the film to anyone.
But now it looks like the E Niwas movie is back on track, as Jayantilal confirmed to DNA, “Yes, I’m planning a film called ‘Gumnaam — The Game of Unknown’. It’s a murder mystery but with a completely fresh story.” When probed about the legalities involved, he maintains, “Our legal team is handling that. Though our film is also a murder mystery, it isn’t a remake of NN Sippy’s ‘Gumnaam’. We have just used the title, but it’s a different plot altogether.”
According to a source for the leading daily, “Mr. Bachchan has liked the idea. But he has not locked his dates for the film as he is already committed to a few projects. He’s trying to figure out if he can fit this movie in his date diary. Everyone’s awaiting his approval because it’s only after his confirmation that the other cast members will be finalised.”
The source further added, “Akshaye has just done ‘Ittefaq’ which was also a suspense thriller, so he’s taking time to give his nod to the project; though he knows he won’t be playing a sleuth in this one but will be one of the prime suspects.”
Speaking about the leading ladies, the source added, “Swara had given her verbal nod when she was first approached for this film. Later, Shriya too confirmed in principle for it.”
Jayantilal said, “Since it’s a multi-starrer, everyone’s dates are being worked out currently. E Niwas will take the final call on the casting. We haven’t signed anyone yet, but once everyone is locked, we will announce the film and go on floors.”
If things work out as planned, the movie will be a casting coup of sorts, bringing talents together.