Fortissimo snaps up ‘Jianyu’

Company acquires all rights to martial arts epic

LONDON — Hong Kong and Dutch-based sales, finance and production entity Fortissimo Films has acquired all rights outside China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South East Asia to $12 million martial arts epic “Jianyu jianghu,” which John Woo and Terence Chang are producing.

Pic, starring Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-sung, Kelly Lin and Barbie Hsu, will be directed by Su Chao-pin and tells the story of a female assassin who falls in love with the son of a man killed by her gang.

Principal photography begins at the end of October in Shanghai, Hengdian and Taipei with the pic set to be released across Asia in the summer next year.

Pic is the kind of higher profile project that Fortissimo is increasingly seeking to board. The company, whose founder Wouter Barendrecht died suddenly in April, has expanded its scope recently by branching out into Indian cinema (Dev Benegal’s “Road, Movie”) and re-entering the genre film market with Japanese helmer Takashi Shimizu’s horror pic “The Shock Labyrinth 3D,” Japan’s first first live-action 3D pic.

The company is also ramping up its English language slate with Todd Solondz’s “Life During Wartime and Alex Gibney’s “Magic Bus.”

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