Filmko recruits Hollywood talents for 3D Monkey King shoot
Hong Kong’s Filmko is teaming up with Mandarin Films to finance and produce $30m 3D fantasy Monkey King, combining Hollywood stereoscopic and VFX talents with major Asia stars.
Mainland Chinese film director A Gan, who recently shot and released 3D drama Don Quixote in China, will serve as producer of the film while Hong Kong director Soi Cheng (Dog Bite Dog) will direct.
Donnie Yen will lead the cast as the Monkey King. Other leading actors include Chow Yun-fat, Aaron Kwok and Peter Ho. Hong Kong actresses Cecilia Cheung, Kelly Chen, Monica Mok and Taiwanese Joe Chen are leading female cast. Chinese diva Faye Wong is currently in talks to join the starry cast.
The crew includes David Ebner (Alice in Wonderland, Spider Man 3), who will serve as VFX supervisor for the film and Shaun Smith (300, I Am Legend, The Forbidden Kingdom) who will be the special make-up supervisor.