The idea of Johnny Tokyo took birth while I was discussing things post Johnny Gaddaar release. It was then that somebody suggested me to make a sequel to Johnny Gaddaar, which is not possible considering the scope of the film. Instead, I thought of making another thriller with a difference in characters and locations. Its still an idea which still needs a lot of brainstorming as these kind of stories take a lot of time for scripting and has to be mathematically plotted after which one does the characterization.
If we think of it now, we could possibly do it after two years or so. For that matter, it has not even gone into scripting yet; we have bouncing ideas and casual conversation going on. Right now, my prime importance is John and Ash's romantic flick and Agent Vinod. And I feel that by making a romantic flick I will break the monotony, otherwise you tend to become repetitive.
What about signing Neil for Johnny Tokyo?
Scripting would be first thing on the agenda then I would be likely to take any decision over the signing of star cast. I didn't sign Neil first and then worked for Johnny Gaddaar. I had a script ready for Johnny Gaddaar, I was looking for the right actor and Neil was there. He will definitely be my first choice if he suits the character in my script. Right now I would want him to work with different directors, gains lot of experience and become an actor as much as a star.
Why this sudden fascination towards name, Johnny?
(Laughs) Earlier, it was because I liked Johnny Mera Naam and now because people like the name Johnny Gaddaar.
Is it true that somebody else would be scripting Johnny Tokyo?
Yes, for a simple reason that I am not into multitasking, right now I am focusing on my upcoming films. However, if I find somebody who is a good writer who shares my way of thinking, then I can always spend some time to react, read, and suggest some changes. That is how the scripts are made usually. In addition, I am open to anybody who comes up with the something interesting.
What is Agent Vinod with Saif Ali Khan going to be all about?
Agent Vinod, as the name suggests is the story of a spy. It is not a remake of the Rajshri film, it only happens to share the same title. It is a realistic film and not a spoof or comic James Bond. It is full of action pieces, thrills, and characters.
Have you selected any other stars for the film?
I hope to sign by the end of this year.
When will it go on floor and expected to release?
We will start shooting by mid of next year and early 2009 would witness the release.
Any other project in the pipeline?
My hands are full with the projects right now and thinking of something else would be doing injustice to my other projects. I am too busy with this work. However, I am open to anybody who comes up with anything interesting.