Alibaba, ‘Harry Pot­ter’ pro­ducer to make ‘War­riors’ movie

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The film unit of Chi­nese e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba and the Bri­tish “Harry Pot­ter” pro­ducer David Hey­man an­nounced yes­ter­day that they will make a fan­tasy movie “War­riors” based on a book series about war­ring cats. The live ac­tion film with com­puter-gen­er­ated cats is based on the Bri­tish books for young adults about clans of wild cats, with themes in­clud­ing ad­ven­ture, for­bid­den love and good ver­sus evil. The series has a fan fol­low­ing in coun­tries in­clud­ing China, and the film is in­tended for world­wide au­di­ences.

Hey­man, an in­de­pen­dent film pro­ducer be­hind “Padding­ton” and “Grav­ity,” said he sought out Alibaba when he was in China al­most two years ago on a trip to pro­mote “Padding­ton,” Bri­tish cre­ativ­ity and Bri­tish-Chi­nese cul­tural ex­change. “This is be­com­ing the largest mar­ket in the world so you are look­ing to un­der­stand that mar­ket,” he said at a news con­fer­ence at the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Bei­jing. “It’s hard to get a film made to­day, I’ve had some suc­cess but ev­ery time you start a film you start a new busi­ness, so I’m al­ways look­ing for peo­ple over the world.” — AP

Bri­tish “Harry Pot­ter” pro­ducer David Hey­man gives his au­to­graphs for fans dur­ing an event at the Bri­tish Em­bassy in Bei­jing yes­ter­day. — AP

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