STX Entertainment and Alibaba Pictures will co-develop and co-produce the action sci-fi film Steel Soldiers, which Robert Zemeckis will produce.
STX will handle the film’s US release and international sales and distribution, while Alibaba Pictures will retain rights for Greater China. The parties said they were already plotting to expand the project onto other platforms.
Steel Soldiers follows a disgraced Special Forces officer in a futuristic world who is tasked with leading a team of high-tech android soldiers in a mission to rescue the robot’s creator. Ken Kaufman wrote the screenplay.
Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine from ImageMovers will produce, along with David Styne. STX’s senior vice-president of production, Sheroum Kim, will oversee the project with Shujin Lan-Shuster, Alibaba Pictures senior executive of international productions.
“Alibaba Pictures is committed to bringing the most exciting content to China and beyond,” Alibaba Pictures president Zhang Weix said. “We are delighted to partner with STX on Steel Soldiers, a project with global commercial appeal and cross-platform potential.
“Alibaba is a trailblazer in today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing consumer marketplace,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said. “Together, we look forward to immersing audiences in the battlefield of the future.”