Phantom Films has acquired the rights to Krishna Udayasankar’s Immortal and the production house is planning to develop it into a trilogy on Ashwathama in a contemporary context.
The film will revolve around a flawed hero, who cannot die but continues to suffer insurmountable pain as a consequence of it. Immortal is the modern-day telling of the story of the legendary misunderstood warrior, Ashwathama, who received the curse of immortality by Lord Krishna, and is believed to be still roaming across the globe in search of mortality and thus the story too spans 4000 years!
Phantom Films claims that their adaptation of the book is beyond fantasy-fiction and will be along the lines of a ‘quest genre’, which will take their hero on an adventure across the sub-continent, much like Indiana Jones. So it will be a big scale film, with both shreds of historical and action-adventure storytelling.
Madhu Mantena confirms the news and adds, “We are very proud to announce this magnificent project as a Trilogy on Ashwathama in a modern context. It’s a very powerful story written beautifully by Krishna Udayasankar. The concept is something that has not been experienced on the big screen before and that too on such a huge scale. We are very excited to start this journey.”
Krishna Udayasankar has also written a three-part series on the Mahabharata, called ‘The Aryavrata Chronicles’.