Hong Kong's Media Asia Films has unveiled its productionslate for the coming year which kicks off with US$3.8m (HK$30m) fantasy Wait'Til You're Older starring Andy Lau, Felix Wong and Karen Mok.
Thefilm, which commenced principal photography yesterday, tells the story of ayoung boy who ages ten years a day over the course of a week.
TeddyChen, whose credits include Purple Storm and The Accidental Spy,is directing with Lau playing the rapidly aging boy from the age of 20 and Wongand Mok playing his parents. The film is scheduled for release between lateOctober and the end of the year.
Also on the company's slate is an as-yet-untitled love storyto be co-directed by Alan Mak, one half of the Infernal Affairs directingduo, and Felix Chong, who co-scripted the Infernal Affairs trilogy withMak. Taiwanese singer and heartthrob Jay Chou is set to star in the film abouta pianist in Northern China. Production is scheduled to start in Tianjin in thesecond half of the year.
Andrew Lau (the other half of the Infernal Affairsduo), Johnnie To and leading mainland director Feng Xiaogang are also attachedto direct films for Media Asia later this year. Tony Leung Chiu-wai is set tostar in Lau's project - a thriller about an assassin. To's film will be a crimesaga aimed at the international market.
Media Asia executive director John Chong said he expects toannounce details of Feng's project by the end of April. The company previouslycollaborated with Feng on Christmas hit A World Without Thieves whichgrossed US$13.3m (RMB110m) in mainland China.
Chong added that the company, which raised US$10m in an IPOon the Singapore stock exchange last year, plans to invest US$38m in ten filmsin 2005. The figure includes the company's investment in Lau and Mak's US$12mcar racing drama Initial D, currently in post-production, which is oneof this summer's most hotly anticipated releases.
The manga adaptation, about the ultra-cool sport of driftracing, stars Jay Chou and a host of other Asian idols. The film is scheduledfor a wide pan-Asian release at the end of June.