The deal sets FIC’s Star Chinese Movies channel as co-producer and gives FIC first-run and exclusive pay-TV rights in multiple territories.
The deal covers two films directed by Jack Neo, by far Singapore’s most commercially successful director, as well as “3688,” by Royston Tan and “1965,” a Randy Ang-directed historical action drama looking at events at the time of Singapore’s independence 50 years ago.
The first is Neo’s “Ah Boys To Men: Frogmen,” an alternative universe spinoff from the director’s two previous army days “Ah Boys To Men” comedy features. “Long Long Time Ago,” is Neo’s metaphorical story of a struggling, but indefatigable Singapore family, overcoming 50 years of adversity.
“3688” is Tan’s first film in some six years. It tells that tale of unemployed traffic warden who enters a national song contest.
“FIC’s involvement is a major milestone not only for mm2’s filmmaking history, but also for Singapore’s film industry,” said Melvin Ang, CEO of mm2 Asia, mm2’s parent company which recently listed on the stock market.
“We believe Singaporean produced films have the potential to reach audiences beyond its shores. FIC is pleased to lend its resources to give Singaporean produced films the wider reach they deserve,” said FIC’s senior VP of Chinese entertainment and territory head of Hong Kong, Cora Yim in a statement.