S.S. Rajamouli, the director of 'RRR,' says he'd like to make a film about 'Prince of Persia.'

S.S. Rajamouli, the director of 'RRR,' says he'd like to make a film about 'Prince of Persia.' ...

Joe and Anthony Russo, self-described maximalist filmmakers, spoke in a conversation organized by Netflix with S.S. Rajamouli, an Indian filmmaker well-known for larger-than-life epics such as the two Baahubali films and more recently, RRR. The Russos discussed the benefits of digital distribution.

The Gray Man, a Telugu language film starring Jr. NTR and Ram Charan, is a fictionalized account of real-life freedom fighters who fight British colonizers in India in the 1920s.

Rajamouli mentioned his desire to direct a video adaptation of the Prince of Persia video game, which he said he would do a decade ago. During the discussion, the moderator asked each of the three filmmakers to name a recent film or show that made them think, Wow, I wish I had made that.

Rajamouli listed a few Telugu language classics, but also revealed that he'd probably seen the Ben-Hur chariot race thousands of times.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is a film about a person who wishes I could have directed it. I might have enacted the story for myself, but I did. I regret that I did not. I used to play a game called Prince of Persia 15 years ago. I really, really thought it would be wonderful to complete a story about that person and make it into a movie. Later, Disney made it.

The Disney adaptation that Rajamouli was referring to is the 2010 film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular Prince Dastan, alongside Gemma Arterton and Ben Kingsley. The film was criticized at the box office, grossing over $300 million worldwide, according to others. It also aired in a 2019 interview with Yahoo Entertainment, which mainly reacted to allegations of whitewashing.

Rajamouli is now on Hollywood's radar, having attracted the attention of not only the Russos who praised RRR as outstanding, but also of their fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe directors James Gunn and Scott Derrickson.

If Rajamouli, India's most successful mainstream filmmaker, can get a contract with the United States, he's the latest of a very small list of Indian filmmakers to move into Hollywood. Others include Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake), and, most recently, Ritesh Batra (Our Souls at Night, The Sense of an Ending).