You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Yeoh gets in ‘Touch’ with next pic in Tibet

$20 mil project to preem in Asia next summer

HONG KONG — After a year of management uncertainty, 12 script drafts and a change in location from Europe to Asia, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Michelle Yeoh’s next pic, “The Touch,” begins shooting in Tibet next month.

A male co-star is now in place for the contemporary romantic action-adventure: Miramax, pic’s U.S. distributor, helped co-producer Yeoh land Ben Chaplin (“Lost Souls,” “The Truth About Cats and Dogs”).

The script’s final polish came courtesy of “Ronin” scribe J.D. Zeik. The $20 million pic is expected to wrap in January, and premiere in Asia next summer. U.S. release is yet to be determined. Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau will helm.

All straightforward stuff, and that’s the way Yeoh’s shingle, Mythical Films, wants it after much behind-the-scenes action.

Last week, Media Asia, Mythical’s co-production partner, announced CEO Thomas Chung had left the company.

The rising budget for “The Touch” is about 10 times that of some other Media Asia productions, and Chung’s single-minded focus on it was thought to have troubled other shareholders.

Chung — who still won’t comment on his departure — is co-producing “The Touch,” but Media Asia’s involvement in the film remains unclear.

“Good things take time,” Chung said. “Michelle and I have secured all the necessary financing to start the project. In due course, I will talk about myself. At the moment I’m focused on ‘The Touch.’ ”

Chung and Yeoh already have their eyes on their next co-production: a live-action version of “Mulan,” with Yeoh starring as the title character.

More Film

  • Apollo 11

    Film News Roundup: 'Armstrong' Doc Set for Release on 50th Anniversary of Moon Landing

    In today’s film news roundup, a Neil Armstrong documentary and “The Invisible Man” get release dates, “Forrest Gump” and “Saving Private Ryan” get re-released and Patrick Fugit gets cast. RELEASE DATES Gravitas Ventures has bought worldwide rights to the Neil Armstrong documentary “Armstrong” and will open the film on July 12 in theaters and on [...]

  • Inside Goop's Wellness Summit With Gwyneth

    Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summit Proves Hollywood Retirement Is Working for Her

    Across the country on Saturday, movie theaters sold over $12 million in tickets to “Avengers: Endgame,” helping it amass $771 million in the U.S. since its release in April. On the same day, in a stunning urban greenhouse complex in DTLA, the film’s supporting star Gwyneth Paltrow counted tickets of her own — pricey, perk-loaded [...]

  • Johnny Depp

    Johnny Depp's Ex-Lawyers Claim He Owes $350,000

    Johnny Depp was hit with a $350,000 lawsuit on Monday from a law firm that claims he has not paid his bills. Depp retained Buckley LLP in the fall of 2017 to sue his former entertainment law firm, Bloom Hergott LLP, which he accused of pocketing $30 million in fees without a written agreement. Three [...]

  • Keanu Reeves stars as 'John Wick'

    'John Wick 4' Confirmed With a 2021 Release Date

    John Wick will be back in exactly two years and a day. Lionsgate announced Monday that it has scheduled “John Wick 4” for May 21, 2021. The studio made the announcement via a text message to fans: “You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming – May 21, 2021.” [...]

  • Krysanne Katsoolis Sets Up Viewpark With

    Krysanne Katsoolis Sets Up Viewpark With $200 Million Fund

    Veteran film industry executive Krysanne Katsoolis has launched Viewpark, which will finance, package and release high-end film and TV content. Viewpark has partnered with former Wall Street executive Keith Price’s Obsidian Asset Management to create a multi-million dollar fund for the production and marketing of its slate, Katsoolis told Variety. Obsidian, based in London and [...]

  • Elle FanningChopard Trophee dinner, 72nd Cannes

    Elle Fanning Faints at Cannes Dinner Party

    Elle Fanning, a member of this year’s Cannes jury, had a brief scare Monday night when she fainted at the Chopard Trophee dinner. Festival director Thierry Fremaux had just introduced actor Francois Civil onstage when Fanning, star of “The Beguiled” and “Maleficent,” collapsed and fell off her chair nearby. Fanning was sitting at a table [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content