After making his directorial debut with Raja Rani, Atlee signed his second film Theri, with Thalapathy Vijay. While it is not common for directors especially newcomers to land back to back films with top actors, Vijay was so impressed with Atlee that he decided to work the director again in Mersal. This 2017 Diwali release was a huge hit and during the 45 day strike in Kollywood earlier this year, the film was released again.
The actor-director will be reportedly teaming again for the third time for a new film which is to be produced by AGS. This film is expected to be a Diwali 2019 release. This film will mark Vijay's Diwali hattrick as Sarkar is also hitting for the festival in 2018. Coincidentally Sarkar is also another hattrick for Vijay. It marks his third film with director AR Murugadoss. They worked together to give two super hits; Thuppakki and Kaththi. Another interesting fact - Murugadoss had produced Atlee's debut film Raja Rani.