Weinstein eyes Bangkok for 'Samurai' remake

May use set from 'Shanghai,' wrapping soon in Thai capital

BANGKOK -- Harvey Weinstein, John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-fat gathered here Saturday to celebrate "Shanghai," which will wrap Aug. 12. The film relocated to Thailand when it was barred from shooting in China this year.

Weinstein, who put the film's budget at $50 million, told The Hollywood Reporter that he might choose Bangkok as the location for a remake of Akira Kurosawa's classic "The Seven Samurai," and may even make use of the "Shanghai" set.

"I own all this," Weinstein said, gesturing to the 140,000-square-foot set, which cost $3.5 million.

In February, "Shanghai" -- the 1941-set thriller directed by Mikael Hafstrom -- was barred from filming in Shanghai despite the Weinstein Co. having built a set there. After shooting seven weeks in May in London, the film moved to Thailand to shoot the China scenes.

Producer Jake Myers ("1408," "Hollywoodland") said "the timing was off" in China because of the Beijing Olympics.
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