Jubilant and all geared up for the Murder 2 success party to be held on Friday evening, producer Mukesh Bhatt said, "Yes we're already looking at Murder 3. We hope to have it out by the summer of 2012."
Shagufta Rafique who wrote Murder 2 has been put on the job of quickly coming up with a crackling script for Murder 3 which will again star Emraan Hashmi. But the USP of the Murder franchise is the eclipsed hottie waiting for a makeover. If Murder presented a made-over Mallika Sherawat and Murder 2 sees a completely revamped Jacqueline Fernandez. Murder 3 will also see an actress with a made-over image.
Says Mukesh Bhatt, "At the moment I can't reveal the casting plans. But yes Mohit Suri will again direct the next Murder film." The one thing that the writer has been asked to keep in mind while doing Murder 3 is to keep the plot original. Murder was apparently plagiarized from Unfaithful and now Murder 2 is said to be ripped off from a Korean film.
Mukesh Bhatt baulks at the suggestion of plagiarism. "People said Murder was copied from Unfaithful when it was more like B R Chopra's Gumrah. As for Murder 2, I haven't even heard of the Korean film The Chaser. If there are similarities then they're purely coincidental."
Adds Mahesh Bhatt, "Saying Murder 2 is ripped off is an uncharitable remark. It's like saying Ghajini was copied from Memento. A situation can't be copyrighted. I'd say Murder 2 is closer to our own production Sangharsh. A Hindi film is like a patched quilt."
All said and done, Murder 3 which is now being written will be absolutely original. About it being made ahead of Raaz 3, Vikram Bhatt who's to direct Raaz 3 for the Bhatts, says, "As far as I know we're going on the floors in January 2012. Raaz 3 will have Emraan Hashmi and Jacqueline Fernandez. It will also star another girl. But the role is still in development. As for Murder 3, it's a great franchise. But I'm sure Raaz 3 will also have a lot of takers."