Adi Shankar

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Adi Shankar
Adi Shankar - san diego comic-con - 2013.jpg
Adi Shankar in 2013.
Born Aditya Shankar
(1985-01-08) 8 January 1985 (age 33)
Kolkata, India[1]
Nationality American
Occupation Producer
Years active 2010-present

Adi Shankar (born Aditya Shankar;[2] January 8, 1985) is an Indian-American film producer, YouTube personality, and occasional actor, who is best known for Dredd, and his "Bootleg Universe" One-Shot series of unauthorized pop culture satire films which include[3] The Punisher: Dirty Laundry,[4][5] Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers.[6] He is also known for being the youngest producer to have a number one film at the North American box office with The Grey.

In 2014, Shankar ranked number 20 on GQ magazine's list of “Most Influential Global Indian Men."[7] He co-founded the production company 1984 Private Defense Contractors.[8] In 2015, upon signing a three-picture deal with Disney's Maker Studios, Shankar was proclaimed the "Quentin Tarantino of the digital generation" by Maker executives.[9]

Early life[edit]

Aditya Shankar was born in Kolkata, India to a banking executive and an educator.[10] His family spent his formative years relocating between Chennai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rhode Island, and Singapore.[11] Shankar studied communications, business, and theater at Northwestern University and graduated in June 2007.[12]


For his controversial "Bootleg Universe" Shankar cites British street artist Banksy as a major influence.[13] In addition, Shankar frequently cites rapper Eminem, writer Warren Ellis, artist Takashi Murakami, wrestler Diamond Dallas Page, and Final Fantasy VII character Sephiroth as artistic and stylistic influences.[14]


Television Series[edit]

Year Title Genre Notes
2017 Castlevania Action Fantasy Executive Producer, Showrunner
TBA Adi Shankar's Gods and Secrets Action Drama Executive producer, Director, and Story Writer
TBA Assassin's Creed Executive Producer

Feature Films[edit]

Year Title Genre Notes
2010 Main Street Drama Executive producer
2011 Machine Gun Preacher Action Drama Executive producer
2011 The Grey Action Drama Executive producer
2012 Dredd Action Crime Executive producer
2012 Killing Them Softly Crime Drama Executive producer
2012 Gangs of Wasseypur Crime Drama Executive producer, Presenter
2013 Broken City Crime Drama Executive producer
2013 Lone Survivor War Drama Executive producer
2014 The Voices Crime Comedy Producer
2014 A Walk Among the Tombstones Crime Drama Executive Producer
2017 Bodied Social Satire Producer

"Bootleg Universe" One-Shot Films[edit]

Year Title Length Genre Notes
2012 The Punisher: Dirty Laundry 9 min 50 seconds Action Crime Thomas Jane reprises his role as Marvel anti-hero Frank Castle aka the Punisher from the 2004 film.
2013 Venom: Truth in Journalism 17 min 8 seconds Crime Comedy In a black and white homage to cult Belgian black comedy Man Bites Dog and set in the late 1980s, Ryan Kwanten stars as Spider-Man's nemesis Eddie Brock / Venom.
2014 Judge Dredd: Superfiend 26 min 32 seconds Animation Action Comedy A re-interpretation of Judge Dredd in the form of a violent Saturday morning cartoon. Does not take place in the continuity of the Shankar produced 2012 Judge Dredd film Dredd.
2015 Power/Rangers 11 min 45 seconds Action Sci-Fi A dark reimagining of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers that explores a timeline where the Rangers lost, starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff.
2015 James Bond: In Service of Nothing 10 min 55 seconds Animation Spy Action An animated short film in the style of a film animatic, where after 30 years in the agency, James Bond is no longer required for his services leading to his retirement as he tries adjust himself to a new life in the present.
2018 Mr. Rogers: A War Hero 14 min 06 seconds Biopic A "What if?" scenario based on the longstanding rumor where Fred Rogers served in the Vietnam War and based several characters on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood from his wartime comrades

As Actor[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 The Voices Role: John
2014 Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend Role: Photographer Shankar
2015 Bob Thunder: Internet Assassin Role: The Scientist
2016 Officer Downe Role: Crook #2
2017 Get the Girl Role: KJ


  1. ^ Jason Price (11 March 2014). "Shattering the Mold: Producer Adi Shankar Offers a Glimpse Inside His World". Icon vs Icon. Retrieved 2017-05-27.
  2. ^ "Adi Shankar". Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  3. ^ Gilman, Greg (2013-08-08). "How 'Dredd' Producer Adi Shankar's Marvel Bootlegs Are Building a Buzzy Fanboy Brand". The Wrap. Retrieved 2015-03-01.
  4. ^ "Producer Adi Shankar Talks TRUTH IN JOURNALISM Short, the Success of DIRTY LAUNDRY, Casting Ryan Kwanten, and More". Collider. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  5. ^ "Topic Galleries". Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  6. ^ "Adi Shankar Dredd". BD. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  7. ^ Thomas, Steff (2015-02-07). "Producer and Go-Getter Adi Shankar Talks Diversity and the Need for Integrity in the Film Industry". Galo Magazine.
  8. ^ Dave McNary (April 10, 2013). "1984 Private Defense Contractors Boards 'The Voices' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  9. ^ Jeff Sneider (April 10, 2013). "Adi Shankar Signs 3 Picture Deal With Maker Studios". The Wrap. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. ^ Asia One, Ankita Pandey Vallikappen. "An Indian Shade in The Grey". Asia One. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
  11. ^ CNN, Todd Leopold. "Who are these 'Power/Rangers' guys?". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  12. ^ Leona Liu. "Adi On Advertising". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
  13. ^ "'Dredd' EP Adi Shankar on His New Bootleg 'Judge Dredd' Miniseries". VideoInk. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  14. ^ "'Castlevania' Netflix producer Adi Shankar talks video games and the epic movie-mashup he almost made". Retrieved 2017-07-10.

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