Action comedy lovers are in for a treat because the third instalment of the ‘Welcome’ franchise, is set to go on the floors by early 2018.

Pune Mirror reveals a source close to the project sharing that the Firoz Nadiadwala production, whose predecessors were directed by Anees Bazmee, will film with a new director. “Anil Kapoor, Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar are already on board to reprise their roles from the previous instalments.”

“Anil will continue to play Majnu, Nana returns as Uday Shetty while Paresh plays Dr Ghunghroo. While the first two instalments were more about comedy, this one will have action in equal measure. Locations are currently being finalised with shooting schedules also being planned in Tokyo and Osaka,” the source revealed, adding that the makers also plan to film at Ground Zero in New York, where the World Trade Centre stood. “They have approached Oscarwinning German composer Hans Zimmer for the background score,” the source said.

Zimmer has won an Oscar and a Grammy award for his work in ‘The Lion King’ (1995), ‘Crimson Tide’ (1996) and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2009).

The first ‘Welcome’ film released in 2007 with Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif in lead roles. It was written and directed by Anees Bazmee. The second instalment, titled ‘Welcome Back’ (2015), featured John Abraham and Shruti Haasan as protagonists with direction by Bazmee and was written by Raaj Shaandilyaa.