Motwane to direct superhero film based on Stan Lee’s co-creation
Filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane will be directing “Chakra The Invincible”, the first Indian superhero created by legendary comic-book writer Stan Lee along with Graphic co-founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan.
Graphic India, a character entertainment company, and Lee’s POW! Entertainment, have announced a partnership with Phantom Films, to begin pre-production on a live-action theatrical film for “Chakra The Invincible”.
“I’m a fan of Bollywood films and I am really excited about launching ‘Chakra the Invincible’ as my first Bollywood superhero movie. Vikramaditya is an amazingly talented filmmaker who I have no doubt can make the Chakra film a massive hit in India and around the world. I only hope he remembers to include my cameo!,” Lee, chief creative officer at POW! Entertainment, said in a statement.
Motwane said that it’s an “honour and an absolute delight to be making a film based on a Stan Lee character”. “We’re very excited and we hope to take comic book filmmaking to the next level with Chakra. And no, we won’t forget Stan’s cameo.”
Devarajan shared that Lee’s characters have generated $15 billion at the global box office, creating some of the most beloved icons in entertainment. “More people likely know the face of Spider-Man than they do the Mona Lisa. With Vikram Motwane, we have been fortunate to find both a groundbreaking director and a passionate comic book fan, who will be able to create something uniquely Indian, but also authentic to Stan’s pantheon of superhero storytelling,” added Devarajan.
“Chakra The Invincible” was originally launched as a children’s animated film on Cartoon Network India two years ago, with three new animated TV movies currently in production to be released on Cartoon Network and Toonami later this year.