Lionsgate India and Mumbai-based production company Azure Entertainment have signed a multi-year deal with Globalgate, a joint consortium comprising global content companies, to develop and produce key titles from the Globalgate library into local Indian languages.

The partnership will kick off with remakes of comedy-drama ‘Instructions Not Included’ and action thriller ‘The Terror Live’.

The strategic collaboration will see the joint development and production of the theatrical remakes.

This is also Lionsgate India’s first major local-language film production initiative in India. “’Instructions Not Included’ and ‘The Terror Live’ are two great story-driven properties from the Globalgate library that have already demonstrated their appeal worldwide. This collaboration demonstrates our ability to bring great IP and a broad array of resources across multiple platforms to our partners,” said Rohit Jain, MD, Lionsgate India.

Instructions Not Included’, originally produced and distributed by Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, is the blockbuster 2013 Mexican comedy-drama and is the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the US. It grossed nearly $100 million at the worldwide box office. It was remade by Vendome/Mars in France in 2016 and is currently being developed for remake in several other languages worldwide.

‘The Terror Live’, which grossed $36 million in South Korea, was originally produced and distributed by Lotte Entertainment and is currently being negotiated for remake in Western Europe and Asia.

“It is a momentous occasion for a young company like ours to collaborate with Lionsgate and Globalgate to jointly develop and produce the local language adaptations of these two globally recognised titles,” Sunir Kheterpal, CEO, Azure Entertainment, said.

“We are always on the lookout for stories which can travel across cultures and borders and we believe that these films have the underlying DNA to do just that. What makes this even more special is the fact that we are going to be working together with Lionsgate, making this a true strategic collaboration rather than a simple licensing deal.” Economic Times