The Legend of Maula Jatt is a Pakistani Punjabi language action drama film directed and written by Bilal Lashari, produced by Ammara Hikmat under production banner of Encyclomedia. It is a remake of the 1979 cult classic Maula Jatt starring Fawad Khan, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahira Khan and Humaima Malik.
The Legend of Maula Jatt is set to release in China on the same day as in Pakistan, and will be the most expensive Pakistani film to date.
On 14 December 2013 in an interview with The Express Tribune, Bilal Lashari announced that he will be directing Maula Jatt and said: “This will be my take on Gandasa films which are blamed for the death of Lollywood. I think the Gandasa genre was a missed opportunity for Pakistani cinema, and what better choice to utilise it then by paying homage to the cult classic Maula Jatt.”
To mould himself in the role, Hamza Ali Abbasi started training to work on muscle symmetry, proportion, endurance and cardiovascular health. On 4 April 2014 Lashari announced that he had just finished the script of film and looking up for lead cast. He said, “Waar was appreciated for its stylistic elements, but was criticized for its script, which is why I want to spend more time on Maula Jatt’s script.” On 27 May, the cast was chosen and the shooting of film was started revealing that film will be in three languages; English, Urdu and Punjabi.
The film cast was revealed individually by Hamza Ali Abbasi. On advice of Bilal Lashari, on 16 November 2016, Adnan Jaffar and Shamoon Abbasi were removed as a cast of the film after Asad Jamil Khan and Ammara Hikmat took over the project. In March 2015, director announced that he is about to start the film shooting initially from Lahore. He revealed that film’s story will be all new unlike the first part but dialogues will be taken from 1979 film. On 8 January 2016 it was revealed that Fawad Khan will play the role of Maula Jatt opposite to Noori Nath played by Hamza Ali Abbasi. The film is shot with the Red Epic W camera.
First look title poster of film was revealed on 27 February 2015 on official Facebook page. The trailer was launched three years later, on 21 December 2018. The film was then scheduled to be released on Eid Al Fitr 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.