Chinese-Australian co-production for seven part detective series

The film adaptation of Chinese author Qiu Xiaolong’s successful Inspector Chen novel series (not to be confused with the Detective Inspector Chen series by Liz Williams) will see Chief Inspector Chen come to life across seven films.

Producers Wieland Schulz-Keil (Neofilm, Berlin), Cordula Paetzel (Schmidt & Paetzel Fernsehfilme, Berlin) and Marian Macgowan (Macgowan Films, Sydney) acquired the rights to all seven novels, written in English and set in Shanghai, and are in negotiations with Chinese distribution, a production house and with international sales agents.

Wieland Schulz-Keil was producer on Children of the Silk Road (2008) and executive producer on The Cat’s Meow (2001). Marian Macgowan produced South Solitary (2010), Blessed (2009) and Two Hands (1999).

The co-production comes on the back of last year’s Australia China Screen Alliance, aimed to facilitate co-productions between the two countries. Other recent Australian-Chinese co-productions include 33 Postcards starring Guy Pearce and directed by Pauline Chan and The Dragon Pearl
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Tracking Shot September 2009: The Beaver, Brighton Rock and The Sunset Limited

  • At the beginning of every month,'s "Tracking Shot" features six projects that are moments away from lensing and that we feel, are worth signaling out. This September is when Blacklist's 2008 top title goes into production - Jodie FosterJodie Foster
[/link] helms The Beaver for Summit. Scribe Rowan Joffe begins his career as a director with Brighton Rock, - Joffe penned Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort. Not much news has been made since a Cannes announcement for Andrew Niccol's 4th film. We'll keep tabs on whether filming for The Cross does take place down under. The very rich Todd Phillips already has a due date of November for Due Date. Edward Zwick finally gets into the saddle for Love and Other Drugs, and we are still awaiting more news on Tommy Lee Jones, who should begin filming The Sunset Limited this month. Those that didn't make the list, but
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Kurylenko, Bloom And Cassel Join Border War Pic "Cross"

Bond girl Olga Kurylenko joins "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom and "Ocean's 12" actor Vincent Cassel in a new border-war film "Cross."

The film is set in a futuristic border town. Bloom plays a man who wants to cross the mysterious border, something no one else has achieved before, while Cassel plays the guard who will go to any lengths to thwart him from his goal. Kurylenko will play the female lead.

The Australian-France-Germany co-production is being produced by Bluewater Pics in Sydney, Spangherabero Films in Paris, and Opal Film Produktion in Berlin, as per Variety.

Andrew Niccoll will direct and co-produce the million sci-fi escape project, which kicks off shooting in July. Wieland Schulz-Keil, Jonathan Shteinman, Jean-Vincent Puzos, and Remi Burah will also produce.
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Niccol's Passion for Sci-Fi is Full 'Bloom'

  • I guess before finding immersing himself into Dada movement and surrealist biopic turf of the Pacino-starring project titled Dali & I: The Surreal Story, helmer Andrew NiccolAndrew Niccol
[/link] will go back to an area that he is suited for with a space odyssey about crossing a mysterious border (which nothing to do with North Korea). Currently being packaged at the Berlin's Film Market, The Cross would include the likes of Orlando Bloom, Vincent Cassel and Olga Kurylenko, Niccol is looking for an international cast of players who also happen to be popular in English speaking territories. Bloom plays the protag -- a man seeking to cross a border, something that no one else has achieved; while Cassel takes on the role of the antagonist. Currently in pre-production, the $24 million dollar project is scheduled to start principal photography in July in Australia and is co-production between Australia, France and – Germany. is being
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