Annapurna Productions Takes Wong Kar-wai’s ‘Grandmasters’ for North America
In a David and Goliath twist for The Grandmasters, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions is in the process of beating out several established players to pick up the North American rights to Wong Kar-wai’s martial arts epic.
Ellison is in final negotiations to pick up the rights and to make a significant financial commitment to the movie and its marketing.
The plan is for Ellison and Wong to partner with a distributor in the coming months. Grandmasters, starring Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen, is a biopic of famed martial artist Ip Man, who practiced the art of Wing Chun and is best known as the man who taught Bruce Lee. Action sequences were choreographed by Yeun Woo-ping
The movie is still in production but Wong took a break from filming to trek to Berlin, privately showing buyers footage from his epic Friday. (Wild Bunch is selling the film internationally while CAA is handling domestic.)