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Bona Doubles up in 3-D

2012-05-11 09:39:42        Chinese Films

Tsui Hark.[Photo: filmbiz.asia]

Bona Film Group Ltd, one of China's largest private sector film conglomerates, is making a big push into 3-D movies.

The company, which previously backed hit 3-D action fantasy "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate," revealed that it is planning two 3-D features that will shoot later this year. In a related move, the company has struck a deal with Flying Swords director Tsui Hark 徐克 (pictured), to invest in a new digital film technology centre in Tianjin, China.

Bona said that it will finance and distribute "Tracks in the Snowy Forest," a retread of a 1960 film of the same title, originally directed by Liu Peiran. The new stereoscopic 3-D version will be directed by Tsui.

Bona will also back White Hair Witch, a 3-D update of the "The Bride With White Hair" (1993) story to be directed by Jacob Cheung. Both films will make use of the 3-D equipment and skills base housed at the Tianjin joint venture.

Tsui is expected direct Snowy Forest, which requires extensive winter filming, only after he has directed the next "Detective Dee" episode for Huayi Bros. The post-production of "Detective Dee 2" and "Snowy Forest" may overlap.

"It looks like we are all going to be making use of the things that Tsui Hark learned from making 'Flying Swords,' " said a Bona source.

Tsui is also producer of another previously announced Bona-backed film "Christmas Rose," which is now shooting under the direction of actress turned director Charlie Young.

Bona confirmed that it will also finance and distribute Overheard 3, a further instalment in the hit Hong Kong-set police thriller franchise. Alan Mak and Felix Chong will again share scripting and directing duties. And the film will be produced by Derek Yee.

Bona also previously announced the Chow Yun-fat and Sammo Hung starring picture "The Last Tycoon," being directed by Wong Jing. It previously carried the English title "Once Upon A Time In Shanghai." (Both films will be delivered in conventional 2-D format.)

Bona COO Jeffrey Chan said that it is currently too early to say whether the two new 3-D films will also be presented in IMAX format. "IMAX keeps a very close eye on Bona's production slate and very much wants to do more Chinese movies, but no decision has been taken on these two yet," he said.

"Flying Swords" was shown in IMAX 3-D format in Chinese theatres in December last year. In a recent deal with Indomina it will be screened as an IMAX 3-D movie in North America in the third quarter of this year.

Source: Film Business Asia/by Patrick Frater

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