The Russo Brothers, the duo behind Marvel’s “Captain America” franchise, have settled on a mind-bending Chinese superhero film as the first project of their new Chinese production venture.
According to Chinese media, the brothers appeared at a signing ceremony in Beijing on Monday with Beijing Fangjin Visual Media Cultural Communication. They announced a project called “The Hero’s Awakening” and will reportedly serve as producers.
In March, the pair behind the “Captain America” movies, announced the establishment of Anthem & Song, a Chinese production label, in a partenrship with Chinese production and distribution company United Entertainment Partners, and private equity firm HDQH. Since then they have reported holding conversations with Chinese film makers including Ning Hao (“Crazy Stone”,) Jiang Wen (“Gone With the Bullets,”) and Wuershan (“Mojin: The Lost Legend.)
The brothers recently told the Los Angeles Times that they had been approached by a Chinese film maker with a story about a character who can control things with his mind, and would work to getting that set up. “It will probably go into production in the fall; its budget is about $30 million. … The release will be in late 2017, early 2018,” they said.