Russia, Singapore to Co-Produce Hong Kong Director Tsui Hark's 'The Villa'

6:21 AM PST 10/16/2013 by Vladimir Kozlov
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Russia's Luxema Film and Singapore's Shortman Films will also co-produce "Russian Bride," by Singaporean director Nazrin Khairunan.

MOSCOW -- The Russian production company Luxema Film has signed a deal with Singapore’s Shortman Films to co-produce two features, including a new project from Hong Kong director Tsui Hark.

The shooting of the comedy Russian Bride and the 3D horror The Villa, from Hark, is scheduled for next year.

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“We have always been looking for co-production projects,” Mikhail Stenin, general director of Luxema Film, told The Hollywood Reporter. “We are looking to diversify our markets.”

According to Stenin, each of the films will have a budget of about $3 million, but for The Villa, it could go up. The Russian and Singaporean companies are to invest equally in both projects.

The filming of Russian Bride, directed by Singapore’s Nazrin Khairunan, is scheduled to begin next February and the release is tentatively scheduled for fall 2014. The movie is expected to be released in Russia, Singapore and other Asian markets.

The Villa, directed by Hark, is to start filming next summer in China, and the movie is aimed primarily for the Chinese market.

As of Monday, after 16 days on release, Hark's latest film, Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, had grossed $88.7 million in China, making it the ninth highest grossing Chinese film of all time.

Stenin said that both films are to feature American television stars, and casting is currently in progress.

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