Lensing has been completed on “The Forbidden Kingdom,” the big budget actioner that stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li together on screen for the first time.
Under Oscar winning cinematographer Peter Pau, pic was filmed from May 2 at the massive Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang Province and took in locations including Anji, Dunhuang, Fangyan, Xianju, Wuyi Mountain. Helmer is Rob Minkoff (“Stuart Little,” “The Lion King”.)
It now moves to South Korea for special effects work, where a consortium of effects houses Macrograph, Inc., Digital Tetra Inc. (DTI) and Footage have been assembled for the movie. Producers claim that “Kingdom” is the first non-Korean movie with such a complex and ambitious special effects profile to use Korean facilities.
Working with a budget of some $70 million film is produced by Casey Silver Productions in association with Relativity Media and in co-production with Chinese studio Huayi Brothers Media Group.
Story, by John Fusco is a loose adaptation of classic Chinese tale “The Monkey King” sees an American teenager transported back to ancient China, where he learns about honor, loyalty and friendship, and the true meaning of kungfu.
Cast also includes Michael Angarano, Crystal Liu Yi Fei, Collin Chou and Li Bing Bing.
Pic is repped in int’l territories by pic’s equity finacier Relativity media. It will be co-released in the U.S. by Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company. Lionsgate UK will distribute the film in Blighty. While Weinstein has rights in Spain, France and Latin America.