China, US Create Colossal 3-D 'Empires'

2010-04-28 15:23:56        Chinese Films

Cast member Olga Kurylenko promotes the 3-D film "Empires of the Deep" at a press reception in Beijing on April 27, 2010. [Photo: CFP]

Get ready for another "Avatar" experience in cinemas. Anthony Arendt, the virtual camera operator on James Cameron's box-office behemoth, is on board to make a new 3-D fantasy movie named "Empires of the Deep", Sohu.com reports.

Arendt is working as a 3-D consultant on the film, which its producers say will be the biggest ever China-U.S. co-production. The film boasts an investment of 100 million U.S. dollars, topping the previous most-expensive film made in China, John Woo's 2008 hit "Red Cliff", by $20 million.

The cast of "Empires of the Deep" is also noteworthy. Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace") and actor Steve Polites ("The Murder Game") take the leads in a film about a young man in possession of super powers who goes deep under the ocean to save his father.

Chinese acting stars including Hu Jun and Shi Yanfei will also join the production.

The movie is being filmed in Beijing by director Michael French. A release date is yet to be announced.

Cast members Olga Kurylenko (left) and Shi Yanfei promote the 3-D film "Empires of the Deep" at a press reception in Beijing on April 27, 2010. [Photo: CFP]

Cast member Steve Polites promotes the 3-D film "Empires of the Deep" at a press reception in Beijing on April 27, 2010. [Photo: CFP]

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