Together with his brother Anthony Russo, director Joe Russo has helmed a number of high-profile Hollywood productions, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and The Grey Man. The director discussed Citadel, his next television series starring Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden, as well as other upcoming projects, while he was in attendance at the Sands International Film Festival in Scotland. He talked about supporting other global sectors, such as Bollywood, in order to increase their exposure. He singled out SS Rajamouli’s RRR for enthusing moviegoers all over the world with its narrative. The Telugu song Naatu Naatu received the Oscar for Best Original Song in that category.
Citadel from Prime Video will also be converted for Italian and Indian viewers. Varun Dhawan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu will play the main characters in the Indian adaptation of Citadel, which will be directed by the filmmaking team Raj and DK. The Indian version of Citadel is currently being produced, while the original version will debut on April 28.
When asked what the ideal Hollywood would look like, Joe Russo responded that it should become more global, citing Bollywood as an example. He stated to the Hollywood trade publication Deadline, “Certainly a more diversified and multinational version. Bollywood, for example, is one of the most important global cinema industries, but it is not known outside of India. Thank God for films like RRR, which appeal to a much larger audience by combining technical brilliance, visual effects, and mythological storytelling. Through movies like those, we can learn more about various civilizations. So I suppose empowerment would be our main objective. To the greatest extent feasible, we wish to support other markets so that their stories can reach more people.
Joe has previously collaborated with Indian artists on the motion pictures Extraction and The Grey Man. In the former, Dhanush from Tamil cinema appeared alongside Randeep Hooda, Pankaj Tripathi, and Priyanshu Painyuli. The Grey Man sequel may feature a comeback for Dhanush’s character, an assassin by the name of Avik San, according to the creators.