AFM: Universal Takes Jackie Chan's 'Chinese Zodiac'
Jackie & JJ International has sold Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan's Chinese Zodiac to Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UPIE) for a raft of territories including North America, UK and Eastern Europe.
The movie is directed by and stars Chan and opened in China in December 2012, and so far it has earned more than $180 million around the world.
UPIE has also acquired the globetrotting action film for Africa, Australasia, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Jackie & JJ also signed up with AMC for theatrical release.
"It has made more than $9 million in Russia, $5 million in Singapore, $6 million in Malaysia and $5 million in Japan, it's breaking records in Vietnam – it's doing better than Rush Hour," Jackie & JJ International's Ramy Choi told The Hollywood Reporter at the American Film Market.
Choi is attending the AFM to show them scenes from Chan's latest project, Police Story 2013, which is to be released on Dec. 24. The movie is directed by the Little Big Soldier director Ding Sheng and stars Chan, Liu Ye and Jing Tian.
"We pre-sold the movie in Berlin and Cannes without even a synopsis or a single photograph. Now we have something to show to European and U.S/ clients. They just want Jackie, he has a big fan base here," said Choi.