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China’s Huace Media group and Arclight’s Easternlight division have partnered up on the latest major East-West co-production “Lights Out.”

To be directed by Xavier Gens, it’s an action picture about a young blind girl who hits back at a group of Russian gangsters who have killed her father and invaded her home.

Casting is under way and a leading Chinese actress is expected to be hired as the star. “It is a unique role that shows how a blind character is able to use her heightened senses to become a hero,” Gens said.

Huace is packaging alongside Easternlight, “This is the beginning of a longstanding relationship between Easternlight and Huace,” said Ying Ye, m.d. of Easternlight. Established nearly a decade ago, Huace has grown to become one of China’s largest TV producers and is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

As part of its expansion into feature film it last year acquired a major stake in the rights and production company of Guo Jingming, director of the hit “Tiny Times” franchise. Last month Huace announced that it is buying a stake in Korean theatrical distributor and producer Next Entertainment World.

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“Lights Out” is written by Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd, who are repped by Ryan Saul at APA. Gens, who previously directed 2007 hit “Hitman” and 2011’s “The Divide,” is represented by Scott Henderson of Paradigm and Bard Dorros of Anonymous Content.

Easternlight, the Hong Kong-based unit of Sydney and L.A.-based Arclight, is handling high profile East-West co-production “Outcast,” with Nicolas Cage.