It was reported that Akshay Kumar would be reuniting with his Mission Mangal director, Jagan Shakti, for another film. The film in question is a sci-fi action thriller in which Akshay plays two characters. The title of the film, Mission Lion, was revealed a few days later. And now there is some more information on the project.
Akshay Kumar and his producers, Vashu and Jackky Bhagnani have decided to put Mission Lion on the back burner. It’s a costly film, and they felt this isn’t the right time to mount a film like this, given the market scenario. Even the script work was taking longer than expected. As all factors came together, the trio decided to put the film on hold for the time being,- close source
A close source informed Bollywood Hungama. The source further added,
The production budget of Mission Lion was expected to be upward of Rs. 70 crores and add to that, the acting fees of Akshay, other cast members, and the marketing spends. A film of this scale needed time with no compromise on script and budget front. The team will revisit it once the on-ground scenario is better for theatrical business. In fact, even the script had not shaped up as well as Akshay expected it to be.- close source
This has made Jagan unhappy because he was eager to get started on this film. He had planned to take it on floors long before the pandemic, but his plans have now been thrown out the window.
However, thanks to the success of Mission Mangal, Jagan is now in high demand. He is now preparing to direct a remake of Malayalam hit Ayyappanum Koshiyum for John Abraham and Arjun Kapoor by the end of the year. Following that, he will begin work on a Tamil film in the summer of 2022.
Meanwhile, Akshay is one of the busiest men in Bollywood, having worked on films such as Sooryavanshi, Raksha Bandhan, Atrangi Re, Ram Setu, Cinderella, Bachchan Pandey, Oh My God 2, and his digital debut, The End for which his shooting schedule is set until the summer of 2022.