The project will be the award-winning director’s fourth feature but his first historical film.

Chinese film-maker Lu Chuan is plotting a $14.7m costume war epic starring Chow Yun-Fat, investor Stellar Group confirmed yesterday (July 3).

The film, tentatively titled Grand Feast Of The King, will be Lu’s fourth feature but his first historic drama. 

State-owned China Film Group, Beijing-based Stellar Group and several undisclosed companies will co-invest the film, according to a statement released through Lu’s production company Yuan Chuan Productions.

The film will be set at the end of Qin Dynasty (206 BC) as several Kings battled against each other to become the new emperor of a new dynasty. It will include a recreation of the famous Feast at Hong Gate, which led to the Han Dynasty being established. The Feast was set up by King Xiang Yu as part of a scheme to kill his rivals. Chow Yun-fat will play King Xiang Yu but the rest of the cast has yet to be announced.

The project has just received a shooting permit and is scheduled to start production in October.  Shooting is scheduled to finish in February 2011 and the China release date is set for next summer.

In May, Lu, director of San Sebastian Golden Shell winner City Of Life And Death, signed on for Shanghai, I Love You, the third instalment of the Cities Of Love franchise created by French film producer Emmanuel Benbihy. He will co-direct the film with Italian director Gabriele Muccino and Irish film-maker Jim Sheridan.