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Usually Jackie Chan is a fish out of water in American movies, but his latest project sees matters go the other way around as John Cusack and Adrien Brody sign up for Dragon Blade. The story concerns Roman soldiers who lose their way in “ancient China”. Cusack will play General Lucius in the field and Brody the usurper Tiberius who is pursuing him. Brody is clearly enjoying historical roles at the moment, with another upcoming part in Emperor. There was speculation Mel Gibson was going to be involved but this double acquisition is more than enough Hollywood star power. The mighty Chan will play a commander who joins forces with Lucius, presumably to stop the rampaging Tiberius.
- Steve Palace
Gaming is the most popular video category on YouTube, and at least one developer has decided to fully integrate a game within the YouTube platform. Kabam, a developer that specializes in multiplayer, web-based flash games like Realm of the Mad God, has made a demo of its upcoming game Blades of Excalibur available on YouTube. Blades of Excalibur, which will make its debut on the web next month, is a localized version of Three Kingdoms Action, which was one of the most popular games in China last year. While the full version of the game won't be available in the Us for another month, Kabam is offering a preview on YouTube, where a tab on the game's official channel presents a fully-functional demo. Kabam's decision to use YouTube as a gaming platform takes advantage of the popularity of video game previews on the site. Videos that showcase gameplay of unreleased »
- Sam Gutelle
Investors in the film, which claims to have a budget that breaks records for China, also include China’s Sparkle Roll Cultural Media, Huayi Brothers Media and Shanghai Film Group.
Chan will play the commander of the ‘Protection Squad of the Western Regions’ in the Han Dynasty-set epic, inspired by historical records of the Romans in the western provinces of ancient China. The producers said an A-list Hollywood star would be cast in the role of a Roman general.
The film will be released in 3D IMAX in China and international markets on Feb 19, 2015, which is Chinese New Year’s Day. Second unit crews are currently shooting at Hengdian World Studios and will soon head to Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert.
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Hong Kong — “The Monkey King,” a vfx-heavy re-telling of part of the classic “Three Kingdoms” tale dominated the Chinese New Year box office — and took top spot in the global rankings.
According to local sources, the picture claimed RMB216 million or Us$35.4 million in its first two days of release (Jan. 31-Feb 1). Data is necessarily preliminary as China is largely closed for the prolonged holiday period. Overseas tracking agency Rentrak estimates a $46 million three day (Friday-Sunday) cumulative total in the seven territories that “Monkey King” opened.
The Hong Kong-made production directed by Soi Pou-cheang and starring Donnie Yen, Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok, enjoyed a 30% market share and beat off TV show adaptation “Dad, Where Are We Going?” Released only in China “Dad” scored RMB171 million ($28 million) to Saturday according to local data, and $34 million through Sunday, according to Rentrak estimates.
The film scored particularly strongly on the huge circuit of Imax screens in China. »
- Patrick Frater
Li founded Galloping Horse in 1994 as an advertising agency but moved into television and film production and investment, with credits including The Karate Kid remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and TV series Three Kingdoms.
In 2012, Galloping Horse and India’s Reliance Mediaworks acquired Digital Domain, the visual effects company co-founded by Avatar director James Cameron, for $30.2m. Galloping Horse later sold its 70% share to Hong Kong’s Sun Innovation Holdings for $50.5m. »
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