Hol­ly­wood stars re­spond to China

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By AI HEPING in New York ai­hep­ing@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

China is beck­on­ing, and Hol­ly­wood is re­spond­ing.

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, the star of The Ter­mi­na­tor movie se­ries who just com­pleted his role in Jour­ney to China with Hong Kong ac­tion star Jackie Chan this week, an­nounced he will make an­other movie in China. He’ll play the lead in what’s be­ing billed as a $200 mil­lion block­buster film in 3D about an an­cient Chi­nese king­dom.

The movie’s ti­tle — The Guest of Sanx­ing­dui — refers to the an­cient ru­ins in China’s south­west Sichuan prov­ince where the film will be par­tially shot.

More Amer­i­can stars and stu­dios are mak­ing and look­ing to make films in China, en­ticed by the huge box of­fice that China rep­re­sents. And Chi­nese in­vestors are lur­ing Hol­ly­wood di­rec­tors.

Last month, China’s rich­est man, Wang Jian­lin, chair­man of cinema and real es­tate gi­ant Dalian Wanda Group, an­nounced $750 mil­lion in in­cen­tives over five years for Hol­ly­wood films to shoot at a $5 bil­lion stu­dio in Qing­dao, China, that is sched­uled to open in 2018.

The of­fer in­cludes sub­si­dies on ev­ery­thing from stage and set rental to post-pro­duc­tion edit­ing, up to 40 per­cent of a film’s bud­get.

As for Hol­ly­wood’s stars film­ing in China, Matt Damon, known for his role in the Ja­son Bourne se­ries, is one of the head­lin­ers of Zhang Yi­mou’s up­com­ing film The Great Wall. It was made in China and is Zhang’s first English-lan­guage movie.

Academy Award win­ner Michael Dou­glas and fel­low star Jeremy Ren­ner said this week that they are look­ing to make films in China. They made their first visit to China this week, to the trop­i­cal is­land of Hainan for the 2016 Mis­sion Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tour­na­ment.

“We will be vis­it­ing the film stu­dios at Mis­sion Hills Movie Town. Movies are a won­der­ful in­ter­na­tional lan­guage so I hope I have the op­por­tu­nity to be back here,” Dou­glas said.

Ren­ner, who was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for his role in The Hurt Locker, said, “There are many pos­si­bil­i­ties that I will shoot a movie in China some time. I’m shoot­ing an­other Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble with Tom Cruise so we may be here next year. If that ben­e­fits China then it’s a win-win,” he added

As for the 69-year-old Sch­warzeneg­ger, on Mon­day he vis­ited Sanx­ing­dui, the Bronze Age arche­o­log­i­cal site be­lieved to be the rem­nants of the Shu King­dom, which sud­denly dis­ap­peared 3,000 years ago. The for­mer Cal­i­for­nia gover­nor was named its spokesman to help pro­mote the site over­seas, the Sanx­ing­dui Mu­seum an­nounced.

The ini­tial bud­get for The Guest of San x in gdui is $200 mil­lion, Xin­hua re­ported. It will be pro­duced by Bei­jing Ajimo, an in­vest­ment com­pany with no ap­par­ent pre­vi­ous film pro­duc­tion cred­its. Sch­warzeneg­ger will play a for­eign vis­i­tor to Sanx­ing­dui

TANG JINLONG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger vis­its Sanx­ing­dui Mu­seum in Sichuan prov­ince and be­came global am­bas­sador for Sanx­ing­dui cul­ture on Mon­day.

ASIANEWSPHOTO

Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger poses for pictures in front of the Ter­ra­cotta War­riors in Xi’an, Shaanxi prov­ince in China, in 2013.

Michael Dou­glas

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