Salman Khan, Ali Abbas Zafar
Salman Khan, Ali Abbas ZafarVarinder Chawla

For a few days now, rumour mills have been abuzz with news that Salman Khan is miffed with Rajkumar Santoshi for failing to produce a bound script, complete with suggested changes. The director-actor duo was to reunite after a gap of over two decades, but it appears that is no longer happening.

Atul Agnihotri, producer of the yet to be titled project, has replaced Rajkumar with "Sultan" director Ali Abbas Zafar, Catch News reported. The young and talented filmmaker is in the superstar's good books, plus has finished his three-film contract with Yash Raj Films and therefore is free to venture out.

According to sources, Ali is busy developing the script with his team of writers. Because the project is an action-comedy it will not require Salman to undergo any major physical transformation.

However, an official announcement is awaited.

Meanwhile, there have been reports that Ali is writing a story, in which he wishes to rope in Hollywood star Sylvester Stallone. The project may also feature Salman.

In other news, the "Sultan" actor is all set to begin "Tubelight," his third project with Kabir Khan after "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan." Because their previous collaborations have turned out to be major money makers, the buzz around "Tubelight" is immense.

Expected to arrive in theatres on Eid 2017, the film will be shot across Ladakh and is apparently based on the Sino-Indian war of 1962. While Sohail Khan has been finalised to play Salman's onscreen brother, the makers are still looking for a leading lady. Sources say they could zero in on a Chinese actress.