|10-28-2010, 04:22 PM||#22|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Monkey King gets 3-D IMAX treatment
Production gets under way in two weeks on Monkey King (大鬧天宮), a stereoscopic 3-D fantasy action film that is set to be one of the biggest ever Chinese-language pictures. It will also be filmed in IMAX.
Filming starts on 15 Nov at four studios around Beijing with Dog Bite Dog (狗咬狗) and Accident (意外) director Soi Cheang (鄭保瑞) at the helm and Ah Gan (阿甘, aka Kiefer Liu, Two Stupid Eggs 兩個傻瓜的荒唐事) as producer.
The story is based on The Journey To The West, one of the best known pieces of Chinese mythology, and one of the few widely known outside of Asia.
Featuring humans, gods and demons, the screenplay by Edmond Wong (黄子桓, Dragon Tiger Gate 龍虎門, Ip Man 葉問) has plenty of room for dozens of characters.
The stellar cast is topped by the region's hottest martial arts star Donnie Yen (甄子丹) alongside Aaron Kwok (郭富城), Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Peter Ho (何潤東, pictured). Female leads include Faye Wong (王菲), Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝), Kelly Chen (陳慧琳) and Gigi Leung (梁詠琪).
The budget is pegged at $30-40 million with $10 million on casting and a further $5 million on special effects.
Two thirds of the funding to date has come from Hong Kong's Filmko (星皓娛樂有限公司) with the balance from Ip Man producer Mandarin Films (東方電影出品有限公司). A Chinese partner is also to be brought on board.
The film leans heavily on a Hollywood technical team that includes David Ebner (Alice in Wonderland, Spider Man 3) as VFX consultant, Shaun Smith (300, I Am Legend, The Forbidden Kingdom) as special makeup supervisor, Reuben Langdon as CGI supervisor, Daniel Symmes as cinematographer. China's Daniel Fu heads the art department and Yen will act as action choreographer.
The film will be produced as a full stereoscopic 3-D and IMAX production, making it only the second Chinese-language film after record breaker Aftershock (唐山大地震) to be made for the giant screen format.
Filmko recently became one of the first Chinese companies to complete a 3-D movie when it delivered Don Quixote (唐吉可德), an $11 million action adventure. The film was directed by Monkey King's producer Ah Gan. It was released last week in mainland Chinese cinemas.
Monkey King is set for delivery in July 2012 and Filmko has its eyes on a RMB500 million ($88 million) box office target in China.
Additional male cast includes Eddie Cheung (張兆輝) and Hai Yitian (海一天). Additional female cast includes Monica Mok (莫小奇) and Joe Chen (陳喬恩).
|10-30-2010, 11:10 PM||#23|
Join Date: Jan 2010
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Does anyone know if this is actually filming in IMAX 3D? As far as I can tell AFTERSHOCK was filmed in Super 35 which was blown up to IMAX. Christopher Nolan has said that a major reason that only parts of THE DARK KNIGHT were actually filmed in IMAX was because the cameras were so noisy that he couldn't record sound on the set. He was shooting 2D IMAX - 3D IMAX has two rolls of film running at the same time so it's even more noisy. Plus, the camera's big - so forget shooting handheld, period. I mean, look at this freaking behemoth:
However, for a Chinese production like MONKEY KING, the ability to record sync-sound may not even be a concern.
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|11-01-2010, 04:35 PM||#24|
Join Date: Oct 2007
New cast members reported to join the production include
- Cecilia Cheung as Nuwa
- Gigi Leung as Chang'E
- Kelly Chen as Guan Yin
- Fan Siu Wong as Ju Ling Shen
- Liu Hua as Dragon King of the East Sea
- Hai Yitian as Subhuti/Puti
- Li Jing as Green Fur Monkey
- Eddie Cheung as Pagoda-Bearing Heavenly King Li Jing
- Calvin Cheng as Nezha
- Law Chung Him as Muzha
Kelly Cheng as Guan Yin
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|11-01-2010, 10:24 PM||#25|
Join Date: Apr 2010