|To Chi Hak, TVB CEO Lee Bo On, Mega-Vision's Wong Jing and Shaw's Elaine Lok|
|Lee Bo On says TVB is making big plans|
|Sisley Choi with some past training is confident about action films|
|Benjamin Yuen and Sisley Choi team up for a new film|
|Benjamin Yuen is not in a hurry to make RMB|
|Rebecca Zhu has been tapped to play Chow Chi Yeuk in HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE|
|Juno Mak directed an all star cast in SONS OF THE NEON NIGHTS|
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TVB group CEO Lee Bo On, To Chi Hak, Shaw executive Elaine Lok Yi Ling and Mega Vision's Wong Jing yesterday announced film and television joint venture. TVB would open its door for its contract artists to have more film opportunities.
The joint venture would have no upper limit in its investment. In 2018 the three parties plan to make ten film and television projects, including two film versions of HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE (YI TIN TOH LUNG GEI), a battle of brains and brawn film ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS (CHUT HOI JUNG WAN), the Mainland left behind children film REUNION DREAM (TUEN YUEN MUNG), the summer production LINE WALKER (SI TOH HUNG JEH) film, a film about Hong Kong spirit STARDUST (SING CHUN), and the television series THE BUND II that took place ten years after the death of Hui Man Keung. In addition, under Shaw Wong Cho Lam's and Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui's companies would make many film and web drama productions.
TVB would hand most of its film productions to veteran filmmaker Wong Jing, teaming big film stars with TVB actors. The rising stars Benjamin Yuen Wai Ho and Sisley Choi Si Bui have already been "named" to the big production ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS in the second half of the year. Rebecca Zhu would play Chow Chi Yeuk in HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE. Other TVB stars would have opportunities as well to jump from television to the big screen, in a "win win" situation for both them and TVB.
As for the new series THE BUND II, would Chow Yun Fat guest star? Wong Jing joked, "Can you ask him for me. (What big stars have you landed for the projects?) Of course we have people in mind, but we have to sign the contracts before we can talk about them."
In addition, Wong Jing recently worked with Donnie Yen Chi Tan on two new films. DAI SI HING has already been completed and Chi Tan later will "destroy" his trademark fit body to play a big guy in the film ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG). In the story he pigged out after being dumped, then began an investigation of a case. Niki Chow Lai Kei may be the lead actress. In Da, Chi Tan "named" his company's "second generation star" additions Bruce Tong Kwan Chi and Chris Tong Kwan Yiu (Kent Tong Chun Yip's sons). Chi Tan also saw the potential of the "twins". Wong Jing said that he would consider including both films into the alliance projects.
Shaw this year will make several new films, like its investment in the Juno Mak Chun Lung directed SONS OF NEON NIGHTS (FUNG LUM FOR SHAN) with top film stars Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo), Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Gao Yuanyuan and Sean Lau Ching wan. For a snow scene in SONS, the team constructed a Causeway Bay street set in Huizhou.
Another new film DREAM REUNION (MUNG TUEN YUEN) will start production in the middle of year. Adrian Kwan Shun Fai will directed the story about Mainland left behind children. Director Kwan earlier went to the Mainland for inspiration and broke down when he saw the children in person. The Bill Kong Chi Keung produced STARDUST will also start production in the middle of the year.