‘Gone With The Bullets’ Sets China Release Date
Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets has secured a December 18 release date in China. The film is the follow-up to Jiang’s blockbuster Let The Bullets Fly, which made $140M worldwide in 2010. Based on a true story, 3D comedy Gone With The Bullets is set in 1920s Shanghai. Ma Zouri (Jiang Wen) and Xiang Feitian (Ge You) establish a notorious beauty pageant called the Flowers Competition. All of the city’s elite attend the gala event, but when an unexpected winner is crowned, it sets into motion a series of tragic events that change their destinies. Per FilmBizAsia, Jiang’s Buyilehu Film told local media that it hopes the title will represent China at the Oscars next year. The film will be handled internationally by Sony Pictures Releasing International. December is a hot time locally for Chinese films with U.S. movies often out of the frame. FBA says other films believed to be eyeing a December release include Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem and Chen Kaige’s Taoist Mountain.
‘Intouchables’ Helmers’ ‘Samba’ Hits French Theaters In October
Gaumont has set an October 22 French release date for Samba, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s follow-up to smash hit The Intouchables. The directors have again teamed with star Omar Sy, who is joined in the film by Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim and Izia Higelin. Sy, who won the Best Actor César for Intouchables, this time plays a homeless man in the moving social comedy. Gaumont is co-producing with Quad Productions. Gaumont handles French distribution and international sales. Released on November 2, 2011, Intouchables grossed more than $440M worldwide. It is the all-time highest-grossing French film at home.
Filming Underway On Feminism Drama ‘Suffragette’
Pathé has started principal photography on Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan. Sarah Gavron directs the drama based on a script by Abi Morgan. Helena Bonham-Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep also star. The intense drama tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal state as they fought for the right to vote. They were willing to lose everything in their quest for equality. Ruby Film’s Faye Ward and Alison Owen (Saving Mr Banks) are producing. Executive Producers are Pathé’s Cameron McCracken and Film4’s Tessa Ross. Pathé will distribute the film in the UK and France and is handling International Sales.
HBO Asia Miniseries ‘Grace’ Gets March 10 Start Date
HBO Asia’s second original miniseries starts shooting on March 10. Grace is a four-part horror mini in English and Mandarin. Set in urban Asia, it’s about a father’s mistake that condemns his family to unspeakable horror. Grace stars Russell Wong (What Women Want; HBO Asia’s Serangoon Road), veteran Singaporean actress Constance Song and Pamelyn Chee (Serangoon Road). Other cast members include Singaporeans Jean Toh and Vivienne Tseng and Taiwanese actress Teresa Daley (Transformers: Age Of Extinction). Grace is produced by HBO Asia and Infocus Asia with the support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Serangoon Road’s Tony Tilse directs.