Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment and South Korea-based CJ Entertainment are teaming up to develop “The Golden Age” — an East-meets-West buddy action adventure franchise. Ratner will produce with an eye to directing the first film, to be called “The Golden Age: The Lost Treasure of Zheng He.”
For Ratner, the project is familiar turf. He directed New Line’s Jackie Chan-Chris Tucker “Rush Hour” trilogy, which grossed more than $800 million worldwide.
“Since ‘Rush Hour,’ I wanted to make movies that introduce Asian culture and talent to audiences and help create new global icons,” he said. “Teaming up with CJ and Miky Lee has been a great experience as we all share an active commitment to making internationally appealing films.”
JP Lavin and Chad Damiani (“Max Steel,” “How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack”) are writing the script, centered on a British puzzle expert, a worldly Chinese police officer and a mysterious Chinese female pirate who must work together to find China’s greatest hidden treasures.
Julian Jeong, head of international production at CJ Entertainment, said: “We love the passion and vision that Brett Ratner brings to this project. His movies are full of humor, suspense and action.”
CJ Entertainment is part of Asia’s media conglome CJ E&M, which enjoys leading market positions in South Korea with its film production and distribution, cable and music and live performance divisions. It launched in 1995 with a major investment in DreamWorks, and its entertainment ventures include the exhibition chain CGV.