Hong Kong’s Sundream Motion Pictures has acquired all Hong Kong rights to Rob Marshall’s musical Nine from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
Sundream has an output deal with TWC but, according to Sundream vice president of buinsess development, Tom Cheung, the expensive film was acquired outside that arrangement.
Currently in post-production for US release at the end of the year, Nine stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.
Although Sundream has been focusing on acquisitions recently - it has also picked up NTV’s action suspense manga adaptation MW - it is lining up a slate of new productions from leading filmmakers including Johnnie To, Lee Kung Lok (My Mother Is A Belly Dancer), Pang Ho Cheung (Isabella) and Wong Ching Po (Mob Sister).
Johnnie To will produce two films to be directed by rising talents for Sundream, while Lee is set to direct a Hong Kong-China-Korean co-production based on the popular Korean novel Please Fall In Love With My Ex-Wife. Pang is developing comedy Now Showing for the company, while Wong is lining up thriller Shadow Guard.
Sundream, which is the film production and distribution arm of Hong Kong pay-TV platform Cable TV, has also added documentary The Unbelievable to its sales slate. Directed by Chan Tat Nin, the film follows a research team exploring paranormal phenomena in South-East Asia.