Lucifer-sequel Empuraan to follow Mohanlal's directorial debut Barroz
Prithviraj will once again return to the director’s chair for the Lucifer sequel, which will go on floors during the second half of next year
Prithviraj, who will once again return to the director’s chair after Lucifer, said they will begin shooting for the film in the second half of next year after he completes his present commitments, which includes Kammara Sambhavam-director Rathish Ambat’s next film, scripted by Murali Gopy.
Prithviraj went on to add that it was Lucifer’s success that gave them the confidence to go ahead with the sequel. “When we planned Lucifer and officially launched it back in 2016-2017, it had a budget of Rs 30 crores, a sum unimaginable at the time in Malayalam cinema. But Lalettan’s stardom gave us the leverage to do something of that magnitude.”
Both Prithviraj and Murali have a clear idea on the direction of the sequel. The former revealed that Empuraan is both a sequel and prequel. “Murali and I already had the sequel’s outline in our mind. So we called Antony and informed him about the challenges and grandeur it would require. He confidently said that we can pull it off and that there is a scope for pushing the commercial boundaries,” recalled Prithviraj.
Murali added that this project was conceived as a franchise from the beginning. “We initially planned it as a series, thankfully Lucifer’s success opened new doors for us. The second part will reveal more layers and hopefully people will like it.”
Empuraan will be comparatively bigger than Lucifer, continued Prithviraj. “We know how to go about it, but there are a lot of factors to be taken care of first — the logistical challenges, casting, schedules, and so on. I found the shoot of Lucifer to be the easiest part because we had spent six months on pre-production, which made everything run smoothly. I hope to do the same with Empuraan too.”
Prithviraj’s character from the original, Syed Masood, will have a more prominent role this time around. “The film will be shot in many locations, but Kerala will remain the main location,” he added.
So what does Empuraan really mean? “Someone who is more than a king, but less than a god. I guess ‘overlord’ would be the literal translation,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Prithviraj is busy with the filming of Kalabhavan Shajohn’s directorial debut, Brother’s Day. He has also listened to the scripts of Sudani from Nigeria-director Zakariya, KL-10 Pathu-director Muhsin Parari, and Irshad Parari for different projects.