Universe Films Distribution is to unveil four new projects at Filmart, including an as-yet-untitled action film from Benny Chan and Adrian Kwan’s drama Little Big Master, which Chan will produce.
Based on a true story, Little Big Master explores the problem of schools closing down in Hong Kong, due to the ageing population, and follows an enthusiastic headmaster who runs a kindergarten regardless of low pay. The $4.5m film is scheduled to start shooting in May.
Chan’s new project as director is described as a “Midnight Run-style action comedy” set in Hong Kong and mainland China. He expects to start shooting the $12m project after production has wrapped on Kwan’s film. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2015. Chan previously produced Kwan’s 2002 romantic comedy If You Care.
Universe is also selling Herman Yau’s $9m action title Time To Explode (working title) and James Yuen’s $5m romantic comedy Paris Holiday, starring Louis Koo and Fiona Sit.
Paris Holiday, about a marketing executive who runs into a former female roommate when he’s sent to work in Paris, is tentatively scheduled to start shooting in August for release in Feb 2015.
Time To Explode, about a bomb disposal team racing to defuse a bomb in Hong Kong’s Cross-Harbour Tunnel, will also be released in 2015.