Pegasus Adapts British Play 'An Inspector Calls' Into Chinese
To be released for Chinese New Year, the film will star Louis Koo as the titular character
Pegasus Motion Pictures is adapting the British play An Inspector Calls into Chinese for the screen.
After acquiring the film rights to the play, the film is now in pre-production to be ready for the lucrative Chinese New Year time slot next February in China and Hong Kong, John Chong, CEO of Pegasus Motion Pictures told The Hollywood Reporter.
The film adaptation will be directed by prolific helmer Herman Yau (Ip Man: The Final Fight), and star actor Louis Koo (Aberdeen, Z Storm) as the titular inspector. Pegasus chairman and actor Raymond Wong (All's Well Ends Well) will produce and also play a part, alongside Eric Tsang (The Inferno Affairs), Teresa Mo (Hotel Deluxe), and Chrissie Chau (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons).
The film is budgeted at $8 million, and will inject a sense of black humor into the social commentary inherent in the play, which reveals the exploitation of a young woman during a night when guests were invited to stay at a house. "Much of the story is told in flashbacks, which are between the real and the surreal," said Chong.
A classic of the "drawing room" theatre repertory, the play was written by J.B. Priestley in the mid 1940s and is studied in Britain as one of the prescribed texts for the English Literature GCSE examination. It received a successful revival by the English director Stephen Daldry (The Hours) in the 1990s, and toured Britain in 2011-2012.