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The Monkey King- Donnie Yen; UPCOMING 2011 RELEASE 3D
Topic Started: Mar 23 2010, 01:18 PM (6,640 Views)
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Filmko on a quest to make 3D 'Quixote'
First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

By Karen Chu

Filmko launches the first Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama with "Don Quixote," a US$11 million fantasy adaptation of the Spanish literary classic.

Helmed by Chinese director Agan, starring Karena Lam ("Claustrophobia") and Liu Ye ("City of Life and Death"), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy's stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

Filmko chose to base the film on the 17th century Spanish novel for its fantasy elements. "Not all genres are good for the 3D treatment, we had to pick the suitable stories to film in 3D. Fantasy and myths are the best for us," said Dominic Yip, Distribution GM of Filmko, which has bases in Hong Kong and Beijing. "Don Quixote" is scheduled for August in China, and late 2010 for Hong Kong.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, "The Monkey King," a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature "Journey to the West" with a script written by "Ip Man" writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Besides continuing the collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Filmko is now in negotiation with investors from China and Japan to co-produce, to capitalize on the popularity of the original story in the latter country.
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3D Monkey King Set for Production This October

Thursday, March 25. 2010

-- Monkey King: Wreaking Havoc in Heavenly Palace --

Filmko's 3D live action 《大闹天宫》 Monkey King will be shot on IMAX and directed by Cheang Pou Soi, while Jet Li and Donnie Yen are being eyed for the title role Sun Wu Kong. The production is now scouting location for Mountain of Fruits and Flowers, Water Curtain Cave, etc and has finished blueprints for the sets of three fantasy realms Inferno Mountain, Heavenly Palace, Dragon Palace, and will soon be building the sets. The film, written by Edmond Wong, is budgeted at 250m yuan and scheduled for production in October 2010.

http://www.wu-jing.org/happenings/archives...is-October.html
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According to this news, Donnie Yen is confirmed to star in and playing THE MONKEY KING

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http://news.163.com/10/0519/00/670OA8HR00014AED.html
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The guy is everywhere.
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Well Donnie Yen is proof that cloning is possible. That is the only explanation for him being able to film 30 films in a year.
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That pictures so great...
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Wow! I really cant wait. I think (and hope) , its going to be great.
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So did they just photoshop donnie's face onto jet li's body from the forbidden kingdom or what... haha
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need more info/news on this flick...

Donnie at his peak!! :)
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Donnie Yen to Transform Himself into The Monkey King

-- The Monkey King --

With the box office success of Donnie Yen's films in the past 2 years, such as the most recent Ip Man 2 which has just passed the 200m yuan mark in China, not only Donnie Yen, who is currently filming The Lost Bladesman (Guan Yun Chang) and just finished a fight scene with Andy On, is highly sought after by filmmakers and investors alike, but he's also getting a big, fat pay cheque.

Filmko CEO Alex Wong announces that Donnie Yen would be playing the eponymous character Sun Wu Kong in The Monkey King, budgeted at 300m yuan and shot in 3D IMAX. Alex Wong, who would not reveal the actual pay Donnie Yen is getting, says, "Donnie Yen is certainly worthy of the salary of 20m yuan that he commands, he is such a huge box office draw."

This has been confirmed by Donnie Yen's manager, "The role of the Monkey King is a big challenge to Donnie Yen, and something worth trying out, and Donnie Yen is very confident in handling the role well."

Presently only Monkey King Sun Wu Kong is confirmed. 12 other main characters remain to be filled up, including Bull Demon King, Princess Iron Fan, Jade Emperor, Ancient Ancestor Bodhi, Erlang Shen, Nezha, etc. Apparently, Chow Yun Fatt and Louis Koo would also be onboard.

Building the fantasy sets is a costly affair, with around 50m yuan being allocated. The Water Curtain Cave and Mountain of Fruits & Flowers will be shot on location in Zhang Jia Jie, Hunan. Production begins in November, with a proposed release in Feb 2012. Following that, Donnie Yen would be teaming up with Tony Jaa in a co-production with Thailand in 2011.

http://www.wu-jing.org/happenings/archives...onkey-King.html
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According to this article, Chow Yun Fat and Louis Koo is reported to have signed on too and will have fight scenes with Donnie.

http://www.hkheadline.com/ent/ent_content....10873&srctype=n
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Chow Yun Fat!! Fighting!? Donnie Yen? Awesome! :)

Wait... "with" or against? :unsure:
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The report says 'against' but there's no confirmation yet as to which characters Chow and Koo will be playing yet. As for the rest of the important characters, they'll be having big names to fill the roles.
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Ah, it's been a while since we've seen a big screen version of Journey To The West, I'm sure with Donnie's involvement it will be less goofy then Chinese Tall Story, which I have to admit, I quite enjoyed.
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CASTING - Costume Fitting for The Monkey King - Also It Was Donnie Yen's Birthday
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SINA - OCTOBER PRODUCTION IS SET.
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