Renny Harlin and Kung Fu Yoga exec producer Daljit DJ Parmar have partnered to launch Extraordinary Entertainment Limited, a production and finance firm based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Parmar will serve as CEO and Harlin as Chief Creative Officer. The focus will be on developing international co-productions, as well as local-language Chinese productions. The company is backed by funding from strategic investors targeting the Chinese market, with a pipeline of $10M-$50M action/sci-fi/comedy/adventure theatrical features, and premium scripted online TV series.
The outfit will serve as a directing vehicle for Harlin who has spent the past four years living and working in the Middle Kingdom. Extraordinary will also act as a platform for up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers. Parmar and Harlin are here in Cannes talking up the new venture.
The first pic out of the gate is Solara, a Mandarin-language sci-fi adventure revolving around an international team who must work together to save Earth from a global catastrophe which threatens all of human existence. Harlin will direct and produce with Parmar. It’s written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (London Has Fallen, Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen) and billed as a Chinese tentpole which is catered to that market and eyed for potential global success.
Parmar says, “We believe that we will cater to the growing demand from Chinese audiences for universal stories that are commercial and explore cultural diversity promoting intercultural understanding. With the recent success of international films at the Chinese box office, we are excited to continue developing and acquiring global IP for China.”
Harlin adds, “My last four years working in China have been some of the most inspiring and productive of my career. I’m excited to now fulfill my dream of expanding into developing and producing a variety of movies and TV in China, partnered with my friend, DJ Parmar, who brings in his unparalleled passion and expertise in Chinese co-productions. We want to create top quality entertainment for a Chinese audience and reach out to the international market with co-productions that authentically portray the Chinese spirit, heart and soul.”
Harlin recently directed Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan, which grossed over $137M in China. He is currently in post-production on Chinese video game adaptation, The Legend Of The Ancient Sword for Alibaba Pictures, and the action thriller Bodies At Rest for Wanda.
Parmar was previously Vice President of International at Shinework Pictures and was an executive producer on Kung Fu Yoga starring Chan, which grossed over $250M worldwide.
UTA will rep Extraordinary globally, including Harlin and Parmar.