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director Renny Harlin
's taking on a movie adaptation of the Chinese Mmo, Legend Of The Ancient Sword...
If the curse of the videogame movie adaptation has lifted anywhere, it's in the Far East. Over the past few days, Duncan Jones
movie has risen to $156m in China - a stark contrast to the Us, where it struggled to crack the $30m mark on its opening weekend. The reason? Because World Of Warcraft
(the videogame) is absolutely huge in that part of the world, and its loyal fans have turned up in the significant numbers to support the film in its opening week. If Universal eventually commits to making a sequel to Warcraft
, the draw of the Chinese box office will be the reason why.
All of this will be music to the ears of the Chinese company Alibaba, which is branching into the movie business with a videogame adaptation of its own. Legend Of The Ancient Sword doesn't have quite the same global recognition as Warcraft
, but its following in China is large enough that Alibaba is committing a "significant" sum of money into adapting it into a movie.
Legend Of The Ancient Sword will be directed by Renny Harlin
, best known for such 90s successes as Die Hard 2: Die Harder
and The Long Kiss Goodnight
. His previous project was Skiptrace
- an action caper starring Jackie Chan
and Johnny Knoxville
- which is due out this summer in China. Indeed, Harlin clearly has plans to make the Far East a permanent base of operations for his filmmaking, as Variety reports that the Finnish director has set up a branch of his production company, Midnight Sun, in Beijing
As for Legend Of The Ancient Sword, Alibaba have big plans for it, including two further movies and a spin-off TV series.
“This is a big, epic fantasy adventure,” Harlin tells Variety. “My ambition is to integrate this Chinese property with Hollywood story telling and visual effects and to introduce new fighting techniques.”
In case you were wondering what the game looks like, here's a handy video:
More news on this as we get it.
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