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French director Morelli explores demons

French director to bring Chinese classic Water Margin to big screen in 3D animation, entitled Le Prince et 108 demons.

Production has begun on Pascal Morelli’s long-developed feature-length animation Le Prince et 108 démons, an adaptation of the Chinese classic Water Margin about a group of 108 outlaws who are befriended by a young prince.

The feature is a co-production between French Same Player, Chinese Fundamental, Belgian Scope Pictures and Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions.

France 3 Cinema, Gebeka Films, TF1 Video and TF1 International are also partners on the film with a €9.2 million budget.

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Morelli, whose previous films include the 2002 animation Corto Maltese, has co-written the adaptation with Jean Pêcheux.

He is due to shoot a number of live action martial arts scenes in China this November, which he will then convert into animation.

The film is due to be delivered in the summer of 2014.

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