The WeinsteinCompany has returned distribution rights to Chen Kaige'sThe Promise (akaMaster Of The Crimson Armor) to thefilm's producers Moonstone Entertainment and China Film Group.
TWC had boughtrights in North America, UK, Australia and South Africa to the film at Cannesthis year but those territories are now available again and Moonstone's Etchie Stroh, who produced and sold the film, said that heis anticipating new deals shortly.
The split is anamicable one. TWC and Moonstone had different opinions on the awards strategyfor the picture, which is
Moonstone willnow release the film in
TWC had redubbed the film MasterOf The Crimson Armor but Stroh said that he will return to the orginal title The Promisein the next US deal, although Master OfThe Crimson Armor will be a secondary title which will appear onadvertising.
"We havethoroughly enjoyed working together for the past seven months and have reachedan amicable decision to part ways on MasterOf The Crimson Armor. That said, we have tremendous respect for Chen Kaige, Etchie Stroh and Han Sanping and are all rooting for them as they go forwardreleasing this film," said Weinstein in a statement.
"I have alwaysrespected