|Daneil Lam wants a share of the Mainland pork with plans for a LOST IN THAILAND sequel|
|Wang Baoqiang, Xu Zheng, Huang Bo's LOST IN THAILAND|
|Paco Wong is writing the SPL 2 script|
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The film LOST IN THAILAND (YUN JOI GWING TOH ji TAI GWING) made over 1.2 billion RMB at the Mainland box office and broke the Chinese film box office record. This piece of pork caught the eyes of Universe boss Daneil Lam Siu Ming. He joked, "You can get so rich from making movies, I too want to make 300 million in pure profit." LOST IN THAILAND's previous installment LOST ON JOURNEY (YUN JOI GWING TOH) was Hong Kong director Raymond Yip Wai Man's work. The small budget production made 46.5 million RMB. Now LOST IN THAILAND is an even bigger hit, Mr. Lam plans to strike the iron while it is hot. Recently he met with Yip Wai Man in Hong Kong about a sequel. Mr. Lam even came up with the title, LOST AT HOME (GA JOI GWING TOH).
Mr. Lam said, "I want to make a movie that is right for both China and Hong Kong. If the culture between the two places are too different, we will weigh our opinions then. As for the cast, I want to work with Huang Bo, Wang Baoqiang and Xu Zheng again." Has Wang Baoqiang's salary risen a lot? Mr. Lam said, "It really is very expensive! Yet I still offer him 100 million. What can I do! The movie made over 1 billion Yun Jai!"
Mr. Lam this year will also make the Danny Pang Fat directed ghost film, the Benny Chan Muk Sing directed THE CARTEL WAR (BIN YIK) with Louis Koo Tin Lok, Lau Ching Wan and Nick Cheung Ka Fai; Mr. Lam and Sun Entertainment chief Paco Wong last year invested in the Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and Cheung Ka Fai starred THE CONSPIRATORS (TUNG MAU), which will be released in April. Koo Tin Lok and Lau Ching Wan's INFERNO 3D (TOH CHOOK SUN TIN) has already wrapped and began post production for an August release. Both films have Best Actor casts, so they of course have confidence in them.
Paco said that he will plan to write the SPL 2 (SAT POR LONG 2) script, stating that this time the story will definitely keep both the Chinese and the Hong Kong markets in mind. The previous installment starred Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Simon Yam Tat Wa and Wu Jing. It was a critical and commercial hit in Hong Kong, but regrettably it was unable to break into the Mainland market. Paco said that the sequel cast was yet to be determined and will wait for the completion of the script. I wanted this film to truly go into production.
Awhile back this film conflicting sequels, reportedly Gold Label gathered Hung Kam Bo, Wu Jing and Yam Tat Wa for the SPL sequel; meanwhile lead actor Yen Chi Tan and SPL director Wilson Yip Wai Shun announced a sequel with Louis Koo Tin Lok.
Industry insider often talked about an actor drought in the film industry. Director Wong Jing recently remade YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (GOO WAT JAI) with an all new cast that included Law Chung Him, Oscar Leung Lit Wai, Jazz Lam Chi Sin, Dominic Ho Ho Man, Philip Ng Won Lung, Jacqueline Chong Si Man and Denise Ho Wan Si. Brother Jing took a wait and see approached toward the market for the film. He said that if it became a hit he would continue to make YOUNG AND DANGEROUS sequels and have Ho Wan Si take over for Sandra Ng Kwan Yu to lead PORTLAND STREET BLUES (HUNG HING SUP SAM MUI).