The mythology and history of China is so vast. And it would be a gift for writers.”
China is so vast. And it would be a gift for writers,” chimes in screenwriter Philippa Boyens, adding that she would love to work on a script based on Chinese legends.
“But I don’t know if I can do as well as Chinese native storytellers,” adds the low-profile writer.
Last year, China’s box-office revenue surged 36 percent, totaling 29.6 billion yuan ($ 4.8 billion), while Hollywood saw the lowest attendance in the past 20 years.
More Hollywood A-list stars are flocking to China to make promotional tours, and some even choose Beijing or Shanghai as their only promotional stop in Asia — unthinkable a decade ago.
Insiders say most of them keep low profiles and only a few of them require high-budget receptions.
After Robert Downey Jr showed off his Chinese kung fu skills, in the historic Imperial Ancestral Temple, during his Beijing tour to promote Iron Man 3 in 2013, the superhero film became the highest grossing Hollywood movie of that year in China.
Next came dozens of top Hollywood stars, such as John Depp to promote Transcendence, Scarlett Johansson to promote Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Andrew Garfield for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
While Hollywood steps up its presence in the world’s secondlargest movie market, China is also working on widening its international connections.
The annual quota of foreign movies that can be introduced into the country is still limited to 34, which pushes Chinese moviemakers to find more “Hollywood elements” to attract ticket buyers.
An upcoming 3-D fantasy adventure, Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal, was recently a promotional highlight of the Wellington-based Weta Workshop. The 200-million yuan production, jointly produced by China, Australia and theUnited States, uses Peter Jackson’s special-effects studio to work on characters and setting designs.
HongKong filmmaker Peter Pau, the thriller’s producer, reveals that the movie uses intelligent sensors attached to the body to track the wearer’s motion, a first for Chinese productions. Contact the writer at email@example.com