Flagship Entertainment, a joint venture between Warner Bros, China Media Capital (CMC) and TVB, has unveiled its debut slate, including projects from Hong Kong filmmakers Peter Chan, Wong Jing and Stephen Fung.
Launched last year, the Hong Kong-based joint venture aims to produce a slate of Chinese-language films, including global tentpoles, for Chinese and international distribution. The first titles will be released in 2016.
Peter Chan is set to direct drama Murder Of The Husband – about a woman whose suffering gave rise to the revolution of women’s social rights in China – and will also partner with Brett Ratner to produce romance Beautiful Coma, chronicling a love that transcends every challenge.
Wong Jing will direct action comedy In Love With The Thieves, starring Andy Lau, Huang Xiaoming and Shen Teng, while Stephen Fung is attached to action romance The Adventurers, starring Feng Shaofeng in a story about an overseas treasure hunt.
In addition, mainland Chinese director Zhang Wen is attached to direct romantic comedy When Larry Meets Mary, starring Song Jia and Bao Beier.
Global tentpoles on the slate include CGI-driven disaster movie Crater and action title MEG, based on the best-selling book MEG: A Novel of Deep Terror about a deep-sea predator. Colin Wilson is attached to produce MEG.
The slate also includes remakes of Warner Bros properties Miss Congeniality and 2014 comedy Blended; drama Chinese Wall Street; comedy Agent Baiyun, about a gossiping middle-aged woman and an international secret agent fighting crime; and animation Wish Dragon.
“Flagship is a pioneering collaboration between the Chinese film industry, including Hong Kong, and Hollywood. The strong growth potential of China’s film market, the well-established talent pool in Hong Kong, and Hollywood’s vast experience in development, production and distribution of global films, highlight the unique advantages of Flagship,” said CMC founding chairman Li Ruigang.
“With Flagship, we plan to make great movies that showcase China’s fabled history, stories, values and lifestyles,” said Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara. “But more than just making movies, we want Flagship to be a true cultural exchange between our companies and our countries.”