Viacom18, Movie Temple Productions to produce Kashyap's next


New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) Viacom18 Motion Pictures have teamed up with Movie Temple Productions to produce "Dabangg" director Abhinav Kashyap's second directorial venture, which is tentatively titled "Project 18".

The film is being written by Kashyap and is slated to go on floors in the last quarter of the year.

"I am impressed with their (Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Movie Temple Productions) approach to focus on high-quality content which connects with the audience and their ability to execute and market films innovatively. Together, we should be able to deliver a film that is high in appeal for the audience," he said.

Movie Temple Productions Pvt Ltd is co-promoted by Sanjeev Gupta, a Saharanpur-based textiles businessman, and Himanshu Mehra, chief assistant director to Kashyap for "Dabangg".

"We have been able to identify a lot of young and enthusiastic talent to support us in our endeavour and we hope to live up to everyone's expectations," said Mehra.

Vikram Malhotra, COO Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said: "We are proud to have Abhinav join the Viacom18 Motion Pictures family. Abhinav is not just a rare writing and directing talent but also possesses an uncanny and stylish approach to filmmaking that puts him in the top league of young directors today. We also plan to further build on our relationship with Mr. Sanjeev Gupta and Mr. Himanshu Mehra's company Movie Temple Productions."