Adi Shankar in 2013.
8 January 1985
Adi Shankar (born Aditya Shankar; January 8, 1985) is an Indian-born American film producer, film director, YouTube personality, and occasional actor, who is best known for his "Bootleg Universe" of unauthorized pop culture satire films which include The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Venom: Truth in Journalism, and Power/Rangers. 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." He and Spencer Silna run the production company 1984 Private Defense Contractors. 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.
Shankar was born in Calcutta, India to a banking executive and an educator. His family spent his formative years relocating between Chennai, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Rhode Island, and Singapore. Shankar studied communications, business, and theater at Northwestern University and graduated in June 2007.
For his controversial "Bootleg Universe" Shankar cites British street artist Banksy as a major influence. 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.
|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|
|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|
"Bootleg Universe" One-Shot Films
|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, 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.|
|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|
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- "Producer Adi Shankar Talks TRUTH IN JOURNALISM Short, the Success of DIRTY LAUNDRY, Casting Ryan Kwanten, and More". Collider. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "Topic Galleries". Chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "Adi Shankar Dredd". BD. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- Thomas, Steff (2015-02-07). "Producer and Go-Getter Adi Shankar Talks Diversity and the Need for Integrity in the Film Industry". Galo Magazine.
- Dave McNary (April 10, 2013). "1984 Private Defense Contractors Boards ‘The Voices’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
- Jeff Sneider (April 10, 2013). "Adi Shankar Signs 3 Picture Deal With Maker Studios". The Wrap. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
- Asia One, Ankita Pandey Vallikappen. "An Indian Shade in The Grey". Asia One. Retrieved 2017-07-06.
- CNN, Todd Leopold. "Who are these 'Power/Rangers' guys?". CNN. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
- Leona Liu. "Adi On Advertising". The Daily Northwestern. Retrieved 2014-02-08.
- "‘Dredd’ EP Adi Shankar on His New Bootleg ‘Judge Dredd’ Miniseries". VideoInk. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
- "‘Castlevania’ Netflix producer Adi Shankar talks video games and the epic movie-mashup he almost made". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
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