The mythological hero and God from the east, Lord Rama, travels to the West for the first time in a movie format. Thanks to Mandalay Pictures and Liquid Comics (erstwhile Virgin Comics), a Hollywood movie version of the comic sci-fi series Ramayan 3392 AD, is on the cards.
The Ramayan 3392 AD Hollywood movie adaptation will be produced by Mark Canton, who has earlier produced 300 and Land of the Dead. Ramayan 3392 AD will be adapted for the silver screen by John Collee, screenwriter of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Happy feet. The sci-fi series is a graphic novel created by self-help and spirituality guru Deepak Chopra and filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor, in 2001.
Sharad Devarajan and Deepak Chopra’s son, Gotham Chopra, will be the executive producers of Ramayan 3392 AD, with Atmosphere Entertainment.
Ramayan 3392 AD is based on the ancient mythological epic Ramayana, written in Sanskrit by a great sage name Valmiki.
The Ramayana, that has 24,000 versions spanning seven books, is – rather simplistically put – a holy book for the Hindus in India. The epic is not just the story of Prince Rama, his younger brother Lakshman, their disinheritance and banishment for 14 years, and the final war waged against Ravana of Lanka to rescue Rama’s wife, Sita. The epic is more a vision of a kingdom governed by Dharma (duty in terms of the right thing to do) and the values by which a good life should be led. It embodies the philosophies and thoughts of sages in Ancient India.
Ramayan 3392 AD is written by Shamik Dasgupta and illustrated by Abhishek Singh. Ramayan 3392 AD is, ostensibly, a recreation of the classic in a post-apocalyptic world, where the world is in danger of being taken over by Ravana, king of a half-human half-cybernetic race of Asuras. The good humans live in Aryavrata, ruled by King Dashrath who have four sons, the eldest being Rama, followed by Lakshman, Shatrughan and Bharat. Rama is exiled due to the evil machinations of Ravana. In order to prevent the world from anarchy, Rama has to take on the Ravana’s massive army.
Apart from the upcoming Ramayan 3392 AD Hollywood movie, a Ramayan 3392 AD MMO video game is also the on the cards, with Virgin Comics trying aggressively to spin off its comics as game and movie properties.
Meanwhile, Hindus are upset that the 3392AD Hollywood movie version may hurt Hindu sentiments. Earlier, The Love Guru led to protests in India, US and UK. A re-imagined version of the Ramayana is bound to get into trouble as well.