Dev Patel to make his directorial debut with ‘Monkey Man’

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After starring in two critically acclaimed films – ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (2008) and ‘Lion’ (2016), Dev Patel is all set to embark on his directorial debut.

Cited on The Hollywood Reporter, titled the ‘Monkey Man’, is a mythological-action-revenge film, set it in the vibrant city of Mumbai, India. Patel will play a key character in the movie as a kid, who after being released from prison takes on the world which is rife with corporate greed and diminishing spiritual values.

It’s said the film is being presented to potential buyers at the AFM by Endeavour Content who is managing worldwide sales.

The concept of the story has been collectively put together by S’ya Concepts, with Patel, Paul Angunawela and John Collee writing the script, while Basil Iwanyk is co-producing with Joe Thomas.

“Monkey Man is a vibrant, thrilling and above all entertaining story, and we are excited to be teaming up with Dev, who has great creative instincts making him a natural director,” said Iwanyk.

Alex Walton EVP international film sales and distribution from Endeavour Content added, “Monkey Man is filled with vivid characters and thrilling action scenes, and Dev’s precise vision of a stylised and highly energetic genre film will appeal to audiences around the world.”

Shooting for ‘Monkey Man’ will commence in Mumbai, Spring 2019.

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