Good Machine Intl. has acquired various worldwide sales rights to “Zhou Yu’s Train,” starring Gong Li and Tony Leung, from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” exec producer Bill Kong.
With Sun Zhou directing from a script by Zhou, Bai Cun and Zhang Mei, pic is currently in production in the Chinese province of Sichuan. GMI will handles sales outside of Chinese-language territories in Asia, Latin America and the English-language territories.
Pic chronicles the sensual journey of a beautiful young woman whose devotion to her lover is tested by the distance that divides them and her temptation for a liaison with another man. The film is being produced by Huang Jian Xian, Sun Zhou, Sun Mian and Deng Yi Ming. Zhao Xian Sheng, Han Sai Ping, Nansun Shi (head of Media Asia Films) and Kong serve as exec producers.
Zhou wrote and directed “Pia Liang Ma Ma” (“Breaking the Silence”), which preemed at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and also starred Gong Li.
GMI prexy David Linde has specialized in Asian films since acquiring Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine,” which also starred Li, while he headed acquisitions at Miramax Films.
“Everyone here is just plain thrilled to be working again with Bill,” said Linde. “And getting the chance to work with such artists as Sun Zhou, Gong Li and Tony Leung is like hitting a home run in the All-Star game.”
Pact was negotiated by Kong, Linde and GMI senior veep of acquisitions and co-productions Amy Kaufman. In addition to selling films produced and acquired by production company Good Machine, GMI is the exclusive international sales agent for Ted Field’s Radar Pictures and USA Films, while working separately on films with Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, Sony Pictures Classics, Miramax Films, Fine Line Features and IFC Films, among others.
Upcoming GMI titles include Pedro Almodovar’s “Hable Con Ella,” Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation,” Oliver Parker’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Robert Harmon’s “They.”