Automatic Media on 'Johnny' trail

Indian media conglomerate Reliance has sold U.S. remake rights to Bollywood hit “Johnny Gaddaar” to Los Angeles-based producer-distributor Ray Haboush’s Automatic Media.

“Johnny Gaddaar,” which means “Johnny the traitor,” is a groundbreaking 2007 Hindi noir helmed by Sriram Raghavan. It is toplined by Bollywood thesp Dharmendra and turns on a gang that gets an opportunity to make a fortune in four days.

“When I saw it I realized that this story could be about any group of guys anywhere,” Haboush said. “The dynamics of love, crime and betrayal thrive universally, whether in Mumbai or San Francisco.”

Haboush recently exec produced horror pic “Last House on the Left” for Universal. His Automatic media shingle specializes in sci-fi, horror and thrillers.

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