Russo Brothers Unveil Chinese Superhero Film Plan

By Anita Busch, Patrick Hipes


Joe and Anthony Russo, hot off the box office blast of their Captain America: Civil War, have unveiled more details of a local-language Chinese superhero movie they’ve been working on. In Beijing for the China premiere of Civil War, the brothers said their China-based film company Anthem is teaming with Beijing FangJin Visual Media Culture Communication Co. to create an action sci-fi film titled The Hero’s Awakening. The Chinese director is Feng Mushui, who previously helmed Demon Warrior, a local-language film produced by Jiekang Xiaoyao Film. He will co-direct with American storyboard artist Anthony Leonardi (Game Of Thrones, The Jungle Book, Water For Elephants) who also helmed Nothing Left To Fear.

The movie would be in Mandarin for the China market only. On October start date is planned.

According to local media, Joe Russo said during a signing ceremony announcing the deal that he hoped to be able to bring Chinese stories to the big screen, and Hero’s Awakening would be wholly Chinese. This follows an April interview in the LA Times in which Russo said he was working with a young Chinese filmmaker on a “superhero origin film.” The plan was a fall production start with a budget of “about $30 million.”

Captain America: Civil War just crossed $100 million at the China box office.

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