STX is developing a rom-com to star Indian actor Deepika Padukone, who will also produce the upcoming film through her Ka Productions.
The studio is in negotiations with Temple Hill Productions’ Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen (The Fault In Our Stars, Love, Simon) to develop the project, which is described as a sweeping cross-cultural story centred on Padukone. Isaac Klausner is overseeing the project for Temple Hill.
STX motion picture group chairman Adam Fogelson said, “We believe this project gives us the opportunity to tap into the spirit, voice, characters and vibrant settings of India and New York in ways that made Crazy Rich Asians feel so authentic and fresh.”
Padukone, who made English-language film debut as the female lead in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage alongside Vin Diesel, is the principal at Ka Productions, the company behind Chhapaak, in which she starred as acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, and upcoming films The Intern and ’83.
She is currently in production on Shakun Batra’s and Siddharth Anand’s untitled films. Her credits include box office hits Padmaavat, Piku and Bajirao Mastani.
“Ka Productions was founded with the aim to develop and produce purposeful content with global appeal,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with STXfilms and Temple Hill Productions, who share Ka’s ambition and creative vision and look forward to bringing impactful and dynamic cross-cultural stories to the world,” said Padukone.