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China’s Enlight Unveils $1.6 Billion Studio Facility, Pacts With Bruno Wu

Justin Lin tipped to direct '3D Shaolin Temple' for Shanghai Star venture

SHANGHAI – Beijing Enlight Media, one of China’s top film groups, unveiled plans to build a 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) production studio and theme park in Shanghai. It also unveiled a joint venture with Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Media.

Enlight, which is headed by Wang Changtian (pictured) and last year listed on the Shenzhen stock market, said on Monday during the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival, that it had struck an agreement with the government of Shanghai’s Minxing district to build the 1,200-acre site. Construction will start in 2015.

Named Chinese Movie World, the site is expected to span TV drama shooting, cultural tourism activities and film and TV gatherings.

Themed areas are to include Shaolin Culture Experience Center, Chinese Martial Arts World, Chinese Magical World and Chinese Fairy Tale World, which will double up as filming locations and tourist attractions.

Enlight said that it plans to shoot up to 100 films and TV drama episodes at the facility within five years of it opening.

Other film and theme park sites being built in the greater Shanghai area include those recently unveiled by DreamWorks and its partners, plus Shanghai Disneyland.

In a separate announcement, also made at the Shanghai festival, Enlight said it had set up Shanghai Star Film Co. as a joint venture with entrepreneur Bruno Wu’s Seven Stars Entertainment & Media.

Seven Stars, which this week gave Cannes opening film “Grace of Monaco” its Chinese premiere at the festival, is expected to move a couple of its existing movie properties into the joint venture.

Shanghai Star’s slate is expected to include “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin’s Chinese language debut “3D Shaolin Temple” a stereoscopic remake of the 1982 “Shaolin Temple” martial-arts film that launched the career of Jet Li.

Enlight unveiled the project in 2012 following an agreement with the Temple, and received government approval of its draft screenplay last year. In January Lin emerged as the front-runner to direct the picture.

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