Indian mega-star Shah Rukh Khan (SRK) wants to produce the company's most expensive movie ever, an untitled science fiction film about kids whose wishes start coming true. Khan, the star of international hit Om Shanti Om, was supposed to produce and star in S. Shankar's Robot, but bailed on the project. Now he wants to make his own movie to top upcoming Bollywood epics like Time Machine, Love Story 2050 and Robot.
SRK's movie will start shooting towards the end of the year, and in the meantime he'll be asking the world's greatest special effects technicians to help make it the greatest effects movie of all time. He tells Variety, "It will madcap, over the top. I want it to be as beautiful as Spider-Man in terms of effects." The movie will be about kids who wish for bad things, but "get a reality check when they come true." SRK reportedly jumped ship from Robot because he felt its storyline, about a companion robot that turns deadly, wasn't realistic enough.
Hollywood hasn't courted SRK yet, and he says he's waiting for the right opportunity for his quirky persona:
I'm waiting for someone like Steven Spielberg or James Cameron or some other great person like Ang Lee to make a film a film about a brown, thin, scrawny Indian guy who doesn't speak English too well. If they ever have a character like that and Google it, I'm sure they'll find me... Seriously, it would have to be character-specific. I'd love to do an action-comic film like Chris Rock and Jackie Chan.