Fantasy feature now called 'CJ7'
HONG KONG — Funnyman Stephen Chow’s “A Hope” (aka “Long River 7”) has yet another new title: “CJ7,” according to a senior source at Sony.Pic, which is in post-production, will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in North America, while Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia acquired world rights outside China. Fantasy stars Chow as a poor Chinese laborer who learns important life lessons when his son gets a strange new toy. “CJ7,” which also was scripted and helmed by Chow, was produced through his shingle Star Overseas in association with mainland China co-producer China Film Group. No release date has been set, but it’s targeted for the Chinese New Year. Sony previously handled Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle” and also inked a multi-picture production deal with Star Overseas in May. The first pic in the deal is “Jump,” a hip-hop dance romantic comedy that stars Kitty Zhang as a cleaner who lives a different life at night. Pic will be produced by Chui Po Chu (“Kung Fu Hustle,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and is expected to begin shooting this year. Sony Pictures Releasing Intl. will handle distribution of “Jump” and all future pics in the deal. Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia is the Hong Kong-based production and acquisition department of Sony Pictures Entertainment that was responsible for Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”