NEW YORK — He went over to China as an ambassador of goodwill, and will return a “Hunter” once again.
Fred Dryer has reached agreement with the China Film CoProduction Corp. to coventure on “Hunter in China,” a film in which he will star and produce under his Fred Dryer Prods. banner.
The actor will revive his L.A. Homicide detective Hunter from the NBC series that lasted seven seasons. Dryer traveled to China when informed that he was the country’s biggest American star because of the continued syndication of the series.
Dryer made the agreement with Zheng Quan Gang, president of the CFCC, the official agency of the Chinese government for dealings with foreign coproductions. It was televised during a ceremony at the Chinese Film Festival in Changchung, Manchuria, at which Dryer was an honored guest.
Under the arrangement, CFCC will coordinate production with China’s film studios. Dryer will look for a domestic partner for the film, which he expects will cost around $5 million. CFCC will control distribution throughout China, leaving Dryer free to distribute the film through the rest of world territories, where the cop show is also popular.
For the world market
“With the magnificent settings here in China, and the active cooperation of the Chinese government, we intend to produce ‘Hunter in China’ for the world market,” Dryer said. “It makes sense to take advantage of the popularity of a character still seen in over 100 countries.”
The actor will team with a Chinese female costar, and most of the film will be shot there, with some in L.A.
Dryer’s repped by Jerry Zeitman, who heads the Agency.