Shanghai Film Group isjoining forces with Warner China Film HG Group to produce contemporary drama The 601st Phone Call.
Director Feng Xiaogangserves as the producer of the film while TV actor Zhang Guoli takes thedirector's seat.
Warner China Film - a jointventure between Warner Bros, state-owned China Film and the privately-ownedHengdian Group - is investing 20% of the film's $3.12m budget.
The film, which startedproduction last weekend, is based on the true story of a media sensation thatoccurred in
It marks the second film appearanceof Zhou Bichang, last year's winner of the SuperGirl singing contest,
Meanwhile, Shanghai FilmGroup also announced that puppet animation film Strange Boy Of
Based on a Chinese folklore storycalled The Lotus Lamp, the first Strange Boy movie was released by SFG in1984 and grossed $3m. The long-awaited sequel is directed by Hu Zhaohong.