Rocker Cui Jian making directing debut

Antaeus Film teams for 'Blue Bone'

CANNES -- Beijing-based Antaeus Film is teaming with Chinese rocker Cui Jian on his first stand-alone feature as a director: "The Blue Bone," a music-themed relationship drama set against the upheaval of the Cultural Revolution.

"It's about two people who fall in love and then, with the Cultural Revolution, they develop problems with each other, politically," Cui said in Cannes, where he is promoting the project.

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Cui directed one of the two segments in last year's Venice Film Festival closer "Chendu, I Love You," with veteran helmer Fruit Chan handling the other half of the anthology picture.

Cui told THR he hopes to start shooting "Blue Bone" in China later this year and is angling to get acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle to lens the picture. Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, whose latest, "Outrage," screens In Competition this year, is on board as an executive producer. Jiang Wen and Anthony Wong are attached to star.

Cui said "Blue Bone" began as a three-part story tracing the life of a young musician, with each part represented by a color and a musical genre: red for rock and roll, blue for electronic music and yellow for pop. As he developed the script, Cui tossed out the red and yellow stories and expanded the blue one to feature length.

Separately, Antaeus has signed a distribution deal with Korean multiplex exhibitor Lotte Cinema to make Lotte the exclusive distributor of Antaeus' titles in Korea. Lotte has initially picked up 10 Antaeus films and will have first crack in Korea for all future projects.

Antaeus' development slate includes the 3D trilogy "Destiny," based on the online phenomenon written by Zhang Baoquan; the period dramas "Rouge" and "Dragon's Kiss"; and the action comedy "No Limit" from director Fu Huayang. Antaeus is best-known for its martial arts hit "Ip Man" (2008), which grossed some $30 million at the Chinese boxoffice.
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