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EXCLUSIVE: Peter Safran and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick of The Conjuring and Aquaman fame to make their Bollywood debut with a horror series; written by Pathaan and Tiger 3 writer Shridhar Raghavan

en Bollywood News EXCLUSIVE: Peter Safran and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick of The Conjuring and Aquaman fame to make their Bollywood debut with a horror series; written by Pathaan and Tiger 3 writer Shridhar Raghavan

Shridhar Raghavan has become a force to reckon with in recent times. He’s considered as a mentor to the much-loved YRF (Yash Raj Films) Spy Universe. He wrote the recent films of this series like the Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer War (2019), the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan (2023) and Salman Khan-starrer Tiger 3 (2023). The writer began his career writing TV shows like ‘CID’ and ‘Aahat’ and then also scripted acclaimed films and shows like Khakee (2004), Bluffmaster (2005), Criminal Justice, The Night Manager etc. And now, he adds another feather to his cap. He has written an exciting, upcoming horror series.

EXCLUSIVE: Pathaan and Tiger 3 writer Shridhar Raghavan to make his Hollywood debut with a horror series in collaboration with Peter Safran and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick of The Conjuring and Aquaman fame

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Safran and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick of The Conjuring and Aquaman fame to make their Bollywood debut with a horror series; written by Pathaan and Tiger 3 writer Shridhar Raghavan

This series in question will be backed by Reliance Entertainment along with visionary Hollywood producer Peter Safran. Acclaimed writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is also a part of it.

Speaking exclusively with Bollywood Hungama, Shridhar Raghavan said, “A few years back, Peter Safran, who’s a famous producer and who made The Conjuring, approached Reliance Entertainment while looking for interesting material in the supernatural genre. I was, at that time, working on a young adult book, which was in the same zone. After ‘Aahat’, I never wrote anything supernatural. My kids love reading. Hence, I felt it’d be good fun to write a story to scare the hell out of them!”

Shridhar continued, “Reliance spoke to me and I talked to Peter Safran. I sent him the book I was working on and he liked the idea. I then started developing it. Peter Safran will produce the show along with Reliance. It’ll have around 6-8 episodes. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who wrote Aquaman, is my script consultant. Currently, we have locked the script. It took us 4 ½ years to do so. Covid delayed the process.”

Stating that “Both Peter Safran and David are superb,” Shridhar Raghavan stated, “I am a classic horror fan. I love films like The Omen (1976), The Exorcist (1973), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) etc. I don’t mind recent horror films. But for me, The Omen is the (classic) horror film. In fact, horror is the wrong word. These films are dramas with supernatural elements. The Omen is a father-son story, Rosemary’s Baby is a mother-daughter tale while The Exorcist is about a priest and a girl who is possessed.”

Peter Safran is the co-chairman and CEO of DC Studios alongside James Gunn. He has produced all the films of the Conjuring universe and also DC Superhero films like Shazam (2019), The Suicide Squad (2021), Shazam! Fury Of The Gods (2023), Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom (2023), etc. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, meanwhile wrote Orphan (2009), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Aquaman (2018), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom etc.

As per a press release released by Reliance Entertainment in February 2023, Peter Safran and David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick are also making a horror series with Vikram Bhatt.

Also Read: 20 Years Of Khakee EXCLUSIVE: Shridhar Raghavan reveals that Akshay Kumar’s character was originally written as gritty, no-nonsense: “Imagine a young Nana Patekar”; Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s twist was added after producer Keshu Ramsay felt the second half was a bit dry


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