Col TriStar picks up rights to ‘Vampires’

Hong Kong supernatural actioner completes shooting

LONDON — Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group has picked up worldwide rights excluding Italy and some Far Eastern territories to “The Era of Vampires” by Hong Kong helmer Wellson Chin.

Deal has been in the works since the project was announced at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, but has only now been confirmed with the completion of principal photography.

Shot on location in China for over $3 million, pic is an actioner about a band of fighters battling against vampires which have been resurrected from the dead by evil monks.

It marks the first venture into production by Fortissimo Film Sales, which sold the film to Columbia Tristar. Mediaset has pre-bought Italian rights and Cathay Organization picked up Singapore and Malaysia.

Film Workshop, one of the co-producers, retains rights in Hong Kong and China.

“With this film we are hoping to develop a franchise which lends itself to exploitation through sequels and additional media forms,” said Fortissimo co-chairman Michael Werner.

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