Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia (CPFPA) has sealed a multi-picture production collaboration with Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Chow's The Star Overseas.

The two companies, which previously collaborated on Chow's hit action comedy Kung-fu Hustle, will work together on a series of niche films featuring emerging Asian talent both above and below the line.

The first project under the new relationship will be Jump - a hip-hop dance romantic comedy to be directed by Stephen Fung from an original story by Chow.

Sony Pictures Releasing International (SPRI) is handling worldwide distribution of the film, along with all other features produced under the new collaboration. Sony also recently picked up worldwide rights (excluding China) to Chow's fifth feature A Hope.

Scheduled to start production in China this summer, Jump will by produced by Chui Po Chu (Kung-fu Hustle) and is set to star Kitty Zhang Yuqi (A Hope). It was recently announced as one of the projects that start-up Chinese company JA Media is co-producing.

Jump tells the story of a naïve farm girl who by day works as a cleaner at a dance school and by night perfects her own unique hip hop martial arts dancing style.

Kung-fu Hustle grossed more than $100m worldwide, was nominated for a 2005 Golden Globe for best foreign-language film and won five prizes at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards.