Hong Kong-based Distribution Workshop is handling international sales on Chen Daming’s Chinese remake of Paramount romantic comedy What Women Want, which is set to star Andy Lau and Fan Bingbing (pictured).
Backed by China’s Bona International Film Group, the film is set to start shooting in May for tentative release around Valentine’s Day in 2011. Beijing-based Paramount consultant Dede Nickerson is one of the producers on the project, although Paramount is not currently involved as financier or distributor on the film.
Distribution Workshop has also picked up Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s romantic drama Lover’s Discourse, which is currently in post-production, and completed Singaporean horror Blood Ties, directed by Chai Yee-wei. Produced by Hong Kong’s Irresistible Films, Lover’s Discourse stars Eason Chan and Karena Lam.
Also on the company’s slate are two period action comedies which are scheduled to start shooting in May – Wong Jing’s Treasure Inn, starring Nicholas Tse and Charlene Choi, and Taiwanese filmmaker Kevin Chu’s Tale Of Another Kung-fu Master, set to star Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan.
The company is also selling both of the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s opening films – Crossing Hennessey and Like A Dream.