There was a massive demand for the sequel of Disney+Hotstar's action espionage thriller web series, Special Ops, headlined by Kay Kay Menon. The series gained a homogenous response from the viewers and now, filmmaker Neeraj Pandey and Disney+ Hotstar on Friday announced a multi-series franchise, titled "Special Ops Universe".
The first show in the franchise will be "Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story", which will see Menon reprising his role of Himmat Singh from the 2020 series. The new series will tell Singh's backstory and form a pivotal part of the universe in three episodes which will start production later this year.
"We are starting off with a unique 'Special Ops 1.5' which is neither a prequel nor a sequel. The series will start with Himmat Singh being assigned to another case, but the deflection point is the same parliament attack that started the series of events. It will be narrated across three episodes, approximately an hour-long each", the filmmaker said in a statement as reported in News 18.
Menon said he is thrilled to be part of this new universe. "If you thought that you had seen the best of Himmat Singh, you need to wait for 'Special Ops 1.5'. It is a terrific redemption story. There is some interesting history about the character that will unfold. As an actor, I strive to do different things, and being part of a new universe is very exciting".
The series will be shot across multiple international locations and the makers plan to scale up the action and drama. Sunil Rayan, President, and Head at Disney+ Hotstar said that they are thrilled to partner with Pandey to bring this ambitious new format.
"We're excited to venture in this nonlinear format of storytelling that brings alive an entire universe; where stories and different characters can simultaneously co-exist. The scale at which this is being conceived is enormous and speaks of our passion for creating world-class entertainment for our audiences" Rayan said.
The original series, Special OPS starred Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh, a member of the Research and Analysis Wing along with Revathi Pillai, Karan Tacker, Vipul Gupta, Muzamil Ibrahim, Sana Khan, Meher Vij, Saiyami Kher, Divya Dutta, and Vinay Pathak in key roles.