Wong Kar-wai's production outfit Jet Tone Films hasbrought on boardTaiwanese director Cheng Hsiao-tse to write and direct urban comedy drama Protein Girl.

Scheduled to start shooting this summer, the film follows three characters - a thirty-something woman, a boy who is growing up to become a young Casanova and another young boy who has no luck with the ladies whatsover.

The project is one of a series of films from up-and-coming Asian directors, starting with filmmakers from Taiwan, that Jet Tone is developing to support new talent.

The first film in the series was Cheng's Miao Miao, a co-production with Beijing-based JA Media, which is screening at Berlin in the Generation section. Fortissimo Films is handling international sales.

'There are many interesting young directors in Taiwan who started out in commercials and are now moving into features,' says Jet Tone producer Jacky Pang.

The company is also producing Taiwanese director Chang Rong-ji's The End Of The Tunnel, which has been selected for the upcoming Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (March 23-25). The film takes Chang's award-winning short of the same name as its starting point.

Jet Tone is also producing Wong's new project, The Grand Master, based on the life of Bruce Lee's kung-fu master Ip Man. Tony Leung Chiu-wai is attached to star in the film which is also expected to start shooting this summer.