The iconic characters of “Monkey King 2”, an upcoming action fantasy flick, will appear in video game form following a US$7.7 million (HK$60 million) deal between Filmko Entertainment and Chinese game developer Sanqi Interactive Entertainment.
Filmko, one of the companies producing “Money King 2” has signed an intellectual property rights deal with Sanqi, also known as 37Games. Under the agreement, Sanqi will use the film’s characters and story plot to develop mobile and online games which will be released in November.
“Monkey King 2” is a sequel to the 2014 hit “The Monkey King”, and is set to boast a mega budget of US97 million (HK$600 million). It features a starry cast led by Aaron Kwok in the title role, and Chinese superstar Gong Li, reportedly on a fee of US$5.2 million (HK$40 million) in the role of White Skeleton Demon.
Part of the film has already been shot for four months in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province. Producers have announced that it will be released on February 8, 2016, the first day of the Chinese New Year holidays.
The first instalment, starring Kwok, Chow Yun-fat and Donnie Yen, earned US$182 million in global box office takings.