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Telugu cinema gets its first zombie film as motion poster for Zombie Reddy is unveiled

Filmmaker Prashanth Varma, best known for helming the National award-winning Awe! (2018), is set to make the zombie comedy.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Telugu filmmaker Prashant Varma, best known for helming the National award-winning film Awe! (2018) starring Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra and Kajal Aggarwal, is set to make Telugu cinema’s maiden zombie flick.

The film's title, Zombie Reddy, and a motion poster were revealed today. The film is said to be a zombie comedy and Varma took to Twitter to make his announcement.

“This time will entertain the hell out of you guys,” he wrote.

Apparently, Varma has done extensive research on the subject and has already begun pre-production work. He had planned to start shooting in April; however, the global COVID-19 pandemic put paid to that.

The makers are yet to officially announce the cast and crew. However, a reliable source has confirmed that the project will mostly star newcomers.

Meanwhile, Prashanth Varma had also confirmed recently at a media interaction that he is working on a sequel to Awe! (2018). "Yes, it is officially in the works," he said. "I’m ready with the script. We intend to take the Awe! franchise forward with the sequel."

Elaborating, he said, “Awe 2 is going to be completely different. The screenplay and storyline will be heavy and intriguing. Unlike part one, which had multiple stories running parallelly, this film will have just one story. But rest assured, this film will be a crazy experiment; something that has never been explored in 'Tollywood' [commercial Telugu cinema] before."

Actor Nani had produced Awe!, a multi-genre film featuring an ensemble cast of Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, and Avasarla Srinivas.

Varma had recently directed the Tamannaah Bhatia-starrer That Is Mahalakshmi (2020), the Telugu remake of the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen (2014). Varma had joined the project midway after filmmaker Neelakanta, who was originally signed on to direct the film, opted out following some differences with the producers.