Mappillai was released 20 years before and it was one of the biggest blockbusters of Rajini, produced by Telugu mega star Chiranjeevi.
Now the new version is going to be directed by Suraaj and produced by Hitesh Jabak.
Dhanush remarked, "I have always loved to remake this film of Rajinikanth and I know that remaking old classics is not easy and by doing so, we are not disrespecting them. There are hundreds of youngsters who have not seen the old movie. If the same story is presented in a different format with improved technology, it will appeal to them."