Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP) has signed a five-year three-picture deal with leading mainland Chinese actor Ge You.
Ge will develop and star in each of the three projects under the deal. He will also have an option to step behind the camera as producer or director if he chooses to do so. EMP is expected to invest $78m or more into the three projects.
Ge’s last three films – including Jiang Wen’s Let The Bullets Fly, which is the highest-grossing local movie of all time in China – have grossed more than $200m at the Chinese box office. EMP invested in and handled international sales on Let The Bullets Fly.
“We all love watching Ge You who is a truly remarkable actor,” said EMP CEO Albert Lee. “Hopefully, we will be able to see other aspects of his talent through this new collaboration.”
Ge said: “From my experience working with EMP during Let The Bullets Fly, I can fully feel their passion towards movies and their expertise in the international film market. I believe this partnership will help elevate the international standard of Chinese movies.”