The Weinstein Co. has moved the U.S. release of period thriller “Shanghai” back six weeks to Oct. 2 — more than five years after it played in China.
The film, TWC’s first Asian production, was set to be shot in Shanghai in 2008, but Chinese authorities revoked the permits for political reasons. The production then relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, and the U.K., and the finished film premiered in Beijing in June 2010.
“Shanghai” is directed by Mikael Hafstrom from Hossein Amini’s script and stars Cusack as a U.S. intelligence officer trying to find out who killed his friend, portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in the months before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He’s then drawn into a web of mystery, conspiracy and deceit.
“Shanghai” also stars Hong Kong’s Chow Yun-fat and Japan’s Ken Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi.
Producers are Donna Gigliotti, Mike Medavoy, Barry Mendel and Jake Myers. Medavoy was born in Shanghai in 1941.