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5 items from 2015


Afm: Brian De Palma Switched On To China’s ‘Lights Out’ (Exclusive)

9 November 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brian De Palma is to direct action thriller “Lights Out,” which is backed by China’s Huace Pictures and Arclight Films.

The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.

Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.

The film is the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures.

De Palma, an iconic member of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave, is one of Hollywood’s top brand name directors. He was recently »

- Patrick Frater

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Afm: China’s Huace Becomes Force on Global Film Scene

5 November 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the past two years, Zhejiang Huace has emerged as one of the most important new forces not only on the Chinese film and TV scene, but also on the international one.

Founded only 10 years ago by Zhao Yifang, the company — with roots in the independent TV business — had the backing of the provincial government of Zhejiang and the municipal government of Hangzhou, the same home town as e-commerce giant Alibaba.

These days the company stretches from TV production to feature film, and from artist management in China to theatrical distribution in South Korea. It has its own stock market listing, but also counts the backing of Baidu, the online giant built around China’s largest search engine and which also owns iQIYI.

Huace describes its strengths as being primarily in developing screenplays and distribution, rather than in production. That distribution capacity was recently highlighted when Huace boarded Hou Hsiao »

- Patrick Frater

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Huace Group and Arclight launch co-venture

24 September 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Chinese entertainment conglomerate Huace Group and Arclight Films have signed a strategic alliance for a multi-faceted $300 million feature film collaboration.

Their co-venture Aurora Alliance Films. plans to develop, finance and produce a slate of high concept international co-productions. The first titles have secured top-tier Hollywood directors to be announced soon. Huace and Arclight Films have begun work on the action-thriller Lights Out and are in final negotiations with a Hollywood director.

Also in the works is Safecrackers, a crime-action feature written by Paul Staheli, to be directed by Gregor Jordan whose credits include Buffalo Soldiers,.. Two Hands and Ned Kelly. The group is also developing a big budgeted Chinese co-production, an action thriller,. with Thunder Road.s Basil Iwanyk, who recently produced Gods Of Egypt, the $200 miliion film directed by Alex Proyas.

The producers are in negotiations with James McTeigue to direct. McTeigue made his directorial debut in 2006 with box-office hit V for Vendetta. »

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Arclight, Huace Group launch Aurora Alliance Films

23 September 2015 4:33 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gary Hamilton has struck a partnership with president Zhao Yifang of China’s Huace Group to collaborate on a slate of at least three high-concept features a year.

Huace and Aurora Alliance, a new venture created through the partnership, will jointly produce the slate of Chinese, Us and Australian co-productions, while Arclight will handle sales outside China.

The parties claim to have secured “top-tier Hollywood directors” to each project and are in final talks with James McTeigue to direct what they say will be one of the most expensive Chinese co-productions ever, which is being developed with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.

Huace and Arclight Films have begun work on the action-thriller Lights Out and say they are in final negotiations with a “legendary” Hollywood director. Xavier Gens had been attached previously.

The roster includes action comedy Safecracker that teams up Ned Kelly and Buffalo Soldiers director Gregor Jordan with screenwriter Paul Staheli. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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China’s Huace Signs Deal With Michael Uslan, $300 Million Pact With Arclight

23 September 2015 4:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.

Separately, Huace has signed a four film development deal with Hollywood producer Michael Uslan (“Batman”).

Arclight and Huace are to set up Aurora Alliance Films, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of “high concept” international co-productions and deliver three films per year. The companies said that the first pictures under the new banner have all secured Hollywood directing talent.

James McTeigue is in advanced talks to direct an untitled Chinese co-production being produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road (“Gods of Egypt”). The film is an international action thriller that will shoot in Australia and China, and which Arclight says will be one of the biggest budgeted Chinese productions ever mounted.

Huace and Arclight are also working on “Safecracker, »

- Patrick Frater

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