Shanghai Media andEntertainment Group has unveiled ambitious plans to build a studio andentertainment complex on the outskirts of the city as competition to lure overseasproductions heats up.
Located in Songjiangdistrict in the south-west of the city, the proposed
"We will build a living communityto accommodate both studio crews and tourists and provide the best facilitiesfor filmmakers," said SMEG president Xue Peijian speaking at the ShanghaiInternational Film Festival on Monday.
The state-owned group, whichowns Shanghai Film Studios (SFS), has set aside around $25m to start developingthe 310-acre site which forms part of the city's preparations for the 2010World Expo.
It also plans to renovate ShanghaiFilm Studios' existing Chedun outdoor shooting base - which has housed filmsincluding The White Countess, The Great Raid and Kung-fu Hustle - to form a "golden triangle" with the new base andSFS headquarters in the city.
Xue was speaking at the Sino-European Co-production Forum, organised by the European Producers' Club and China Film Co-production Corp (CFCC), during which the Chinese studios introduced their facilities. The forum also features an informal projects market and one-to-one meetings between European and Chinese filmmakers.
Ang Lee is currently intalks with Shanghai Film Studios about shooting his upcoming Shanghai-set warthriller Lust, Caution in the city.
However, the city has recentlyfaced competition following the emergence of the privately-owned Hengdian WorldStudios four hours south of Shanghai in
In addition, China FilmGroup has recently started building a $125m film and TV shooting base in Huairou district in the north of
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