Gao Xiaosong helming $70 mil chopsocky pic
SHANGHAI — Hong Kong action director Sammo Hung and Los Angeles-based producer Andre Morgan are collaborating on $70 million chopsocky pic “My Kingdom” (Da wu sheng) in Shanghai.Helmed by Gao Xiaosong, pic stars Taiwan’s Wu Chun (“14 Blades”) and Barbie Hsu (“Reign of Assassins”), while Chinese pop star Han Geng makes his screen bow. It is set for release in the second half of 2011. Pic is co-produced by Hong Kong-based Celestial Films and Beijing’s Skyland Films with DW Films. Hung will coordinate the action and has spent months gearing the actors up for some intense chopsocky. Pic is a tale of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge against the backdrop of the Chinese opera biz during its 1920s heyday. “The budget is $68 million to $70 million, and my anticipated B.O. will be no less than $120 million,” said Morgan, who last worked with Celestial on Peter Chan’s musical “Perhaps Love” and “The Warlords.” Both pics were major successes. “I’ve been in China for more than 10 years and I have observed the growing market here in person,” Morgan said. “I cooperated with a lot of young directors in Hong Kong, and now it is the time to work with young talented directors on the mainland.” Celestial signed a deal with Golden Screen Cinemas for the Malaysian market at the American Film Market in November. Skyland will handle sales and marketing in China.