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David Goyer Strikes Deal With China’s Tencent Pictures

Fantasy and horror meister David S. Goyer (“Ghost Rider,” “The Dark Knight”) is to develop film projects that could be produced by Tencent Pictures, a film division of Tencent, China’s social media giant.

Goyer appeared in person at an event Saturday in Beijing to celebrate the first anniversary of Tencent Pictures and to unveil the company’s first slate of movie projects. Goyer did not announce a specific title, but said they could be oriented either towards the local Chinese or global markets.

As befits its social media and tech roots, the company unveiled a lineup that spans adaptations of book, comic books, animation and games. Tencent Pictures, headed by CEO Cheng Wu, is distinct from Penguin Pictures, another film operation under Tencent’s umbrella.

Tencent Pictures was previously a part of the Chinese contingent in Legendary Entertainment’s “Warcraft” and it announced that it will also on board Legendary’s “Kong Skull Island.”

Another horror specialist, the Japanese producer Takashige Ichise (“The Grudge,” “The Ring”) will produce “Koseison” for the studio. The film is an adaptation of old Japanese TV series “Dinosaur Cops Koseidon” from Tsuburaya Productions.

Among the other headline projects is “The Tibet Code.” Based on a best-selling period fantasy series of novels by He Ma, the books will be developed as both TV series and video games.

Lu Chuan, who previously directed “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol” and recently made “Born in China” for Disneynature, will deliver his new project “20,000 Miles Plan” for the fledgling studio. Other projects include “The Game of Antiques,” based on a novel by Ma Boyong; “aura,” an adaptation of Tencent hit MMORP game; and animated feature “The Tuzki 3D,” which will be co-produced with Turner Asia Pacific. The Tuzki character, conceived by Momo Wang, has appeared in short formats, social media platforms and apps since 2006. The film, to shoot in 2017 and be released in 2018, will be its first theatrical feature.

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