Karan Johar announces horror franchise with Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship first look, featuring Vicky Kaushal.
Karn Johar’s Dharma Productions has mostly dabbled in romantic comedies & dramas yet. Now, [t]he filmmaker has announced that his production house is venturing into the horror genre soon with the first installment of a franchise, titled Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship.
[T]he film will have Vicky Kaushal in the lead & will be directed by debutant Bhanu Pratap Singh. Singh has earlier worked with Shashank Khaitan on Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania  as an assistant.
Vicky’s second outing with Dharma, Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship, will see Singh as producer alongside Karan, Hiroo Johar, & Apoorva Mehta.
[T]he makers also released the first look of the film, which sees a dramatic Kaushal screaming out from what looks like the window of a ship.
As per DNA, the script idea was presented by Bhanu, Shashank’s school batchmate & a horror enthusiast. After listening to the script, Shashank developed the script with Bhanu, who then presented it to Dharma. Confirming the news, Shashank told the publication that Bhanu was initially hesitant about Dharma since its track record with horror has not been the best [they last produced Kaal in 2005].
The narrative is mainly based on a ship & has a generous amount of VFX in it. Shashank added that their main intention with Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship was to develop it into a series [which might also include horror comedies].
[T]he production house also approached Ram Gopal Varma to buy the rights of the title Bhoot, since he made the 2003 horror film starring Urmila Matondkar.