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Celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai (In The Mood For Love) will produce his first film for Alibaba Pictures, the film production arm of Jack Ma’s online retail giant. Bai Du Ren will be written and directed by Zhang Jiajia and will star Wong Kar Wai regular Tony Leung (2046).
The film will also be the first greenlit by Alibaba Pictures since the company was rebranded following Jack Ma’s acquisition of Chinavision.
At a Beijing event at which Wong Kar Wai was present, Alibaba execs revealed they have acquired adaptation rights for My Fair Princess and the overseas distribution rights for French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem. Iconic Hong Kong producer Bill Kong is at the helm of the latter film, which has been years in the making.
Jack Ma has previously labelled Alibaba the “biggest entertainment company in the world.” He has been gradually building up Alibaba’s content capabilities. »
- Ali Jaafar
It appears that Wong Kar Wai will reunite with his favorite leading man for his upcoming project The Ferryman with reports that Tony Leung has signed on to play the lead. Having previously starred for Wkw as the lead in In The Mood For Love, The Grandmaster and others, Leung joins a picture that will be backed by Chinese media giant Alibaba as part of their first foray into film production.Adapted from a short story published by Zhang Jiajia as part of his collection I Belonged To You, word of The Ferryman first broke back in June with Hong Kong based Mei Ah announced as the financial backers. There does not appear to be any word just yet whether Alibaba have supplanted the earlier backer...
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