Village Roadshow, China's Heyi Pictures to Co-Produce Jackie Chan's 'Bleeding Steel'
The movie is anticipated to be the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia.
Village Roadshow Pictures Asia and Heyi Pictures will co-produce and co-finance the Jackie Chan sci-fi thriller Bleeding Steel, written and directed by Leo Zhang (Chrysanthemum to the Beast). The announcement was made at the Shanghai International Film Festival on Thursday.
Chan leads an all-star cast in a story set in the future, as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman with whom he feels a special connection from a sinister criminal gang.
The film is scheduled to begin shooting in July in Sydney, Australia. Bleeding Steel is anticipated to be the biggest budget Chinese production ever to shoot in Australia, the partners said.
“We are thrilled to be working with Heyi Pictures on Bleeding Steel,” said Ellen Eliasoph, president and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures Asia. “Given Village Roadshow's deep roots in Australia, the film's concept resonates strongly with us, and naturally we are thrilled to be a part of a Jackie Chan production.”
President Liu Kailuo of Heyi Pictures said, “As a young film production company with great ambitions, we are delighted to partner with Village Roadshow Pictures Asia on our biggest international project to date. We look forward to working together to help Asia’s most iconic star bring his supercharged magic to one of Asia’s most iconic cities.”
Launched in August 2014, Heyi Pictures is the film production company of Youku Tudou Inc., the Chinese online video company, acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group for $4.8 billion in 2015.