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Huayi Brothers forms joint venture with Russo Brothers

Huayi Brothers will invest up to $350m in the project.

China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp is establishing a joint venture with Captain America director-producers Joe and Anthony Russo to produce a slate of film and TV projects for global distribution.

Huayi Brothers is investing $250m in the new venture for project development, IP acquisition and developing theme parks based on the company’s properties – and plans to tip in a further $100m to cover production costs.

The Beijing-based studio will retain exclusive distribution rights to the joint venture’s productions in Greater China and Southeast Asia.

The new venture plans to produce big-budget, English-language franchise movies, with the Russo Brothers producing and sometimes also directing. Production is not expected to commence until the Russo Brothers have completed their existing commitments on Disney/Marvel’s upcoming The Avengers movies.

The Russo Brothers credits include Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. They are also attached to direct Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, scheduled for release in May 2018, and its as-yet-untitled sequel.

Also active in TV production, the Russo Brothers directed and executive produced TV series such as Community, Happy Endings and Animal Practice.

The Russo Brothers’ US-based production entity Getaway Productions is being rolled into the new China-backed entity, but their existing Chinese studio, Anthem And Song, is not part of the Huayi Brothers deal.

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