East is East Sequel In The Works

A sequel is in the works to 1999’s British cult comedy classic “East Is East” says Screen Daily.

Scribe Ayub Khan-Din, who penned the original laugher about growing up in a mixed-race family in the U.K., has written the follow-up entitled “West Is West” which BBC Films and Icon Entertainment are producing.

Set in 1975, five years after “East,” family patriarch George tries to relocate his family from Salford in northern England back to his native Pakistan to instill some old-world discipline into his 13-year-old wayward son Sajid.

Much of the original cast is back including Om Puri as Pakistani George Khan, Linda Bassett as his English-born wife, Jimi Mistry and Emil Marwa as their two sons. Newcomer Aquib Khan will play 13-year-old Sajid.

Andy de Emmony (“Fantabulosa”) replaces Damien O’Donnell in the director’s chair while Leslee Udwin will produce. Shooting is scheduled to start this October in Manchester and India.