In September 2022, Ayan Mukerji’s Labour of Love, Brahmastra, hit the big screen and grossed over Rs 240 crore at the box office in India. The film ended on a cliff hanger, leading to many speculations as to which actor would play Dev in the film. Ranbir Kapoor’s Shiva and Alia Bhatt’s Isha. Recently, Ayan Mukerji announced that Brahmastra 2 and 3 will hit the big screens in December 2026 and December 2027 as he is taking his time to develop Astra-Shloka to perfection.
Disney is in the process of restructuring its content strategy in India
And now Pinkvilla has exclusively learned that there will be a change of producers for Brahmastra with the original team of Dharma Productions and Disney taking a backseat. “Disney is in the mode of restructuring their content strategy in India. They have also slowed down acquisitions for Disney+Hotstar and are also easing film production. After several meetings over the last few months, Disney has finalized the Brahmastra franchise. Have decided to back out.
The studio however was ready to sell the entire IP of the Brahmastra franchise to Ayan, who is already a partial owner. That’s when Ayaan decided to take charge. Brahmastra is his favorite franchise and he didn’t want to let it go. He has chalked out a roadmap for his Astra-Verse future and he is about to sign a huge multi-crore deal with Jio Studios for Astra-Verse with his hero Ranbir Kapoor.
Ayan Mukerji plans massive Astra-Verse with Jio
While the deal with Jio Studios hasn’t closed yet, the plans are ambitious. “Ayan’s plans to produce Brahmastra Part 2: Dev and Brahmastra Part 2: Shiva Vs Dev for Jio Studios are the highlights of the deal. Apart from the two forerunners, he will be making spin-offs on other characters from Brahmastra in the format of web-series and independent feature films,” informed the source, adding that he also has an animated cartoon for children in the works for the franchise. 10 year plan. “If the deal goes through, the deal would be the highest ever between a studio and a director. Ayan will be the showrunner of the franchise, but the spin offs will be given to other filmmakers. Spin offs for the characters include Nandi Astra, Pawan Astra and Gaja Astra for digital, while Jal Astra is expected to be made for the big screen.
If the deal goes through, the subsequent Brahmastra franchise will be produced by Jio Studios along with Starlight Pictures and Astra Versus. “The deal will require Jio to buy the IP of Brahmastra from Disney for an expected amount of money. All the modalities are being worked out at this time to ascertain the feasibility of the deal,” concluded the source.
Before Brahmastra, Ayan Mukerji will direct Hrithik Roshan and NTR Jr in War 2. The film is expected to begin shooting this November and will be targeted for a late 2024/early 2025 release in cinema halls worldwide. He will move on to Brahmastra 2 by mid-2025. Stay tuned with Pinkvilla for more updates.
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