Columbia to Co-Produce 'Gone With the Bullets'

The action movie from Jiang Wen is the second in what is being called the "Bullets Trilogy."

Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International have come aboard to co-produce and distribute, respectively, Gone With the Bullets, a period action movie from Jiang Wen, the filmmaker behind the 2010 hit Let the Bullets Fly.

Gone, which is being shot in 3D, is a sequel to Fly and is the second film in what is being called the "Bullets Trilogy." Fly was an international hit, grossing more than $140 million worldwide.

Sony will release the movie internationally in December 2014, with Gone becoming a local language co-production.

According to Columbia, Gone is based on a true story and tells of Ma Zouri (Jiang) and Xiang Feitian (Ge You), who establish a notorious beauty pageant called the "Flowers Competition" in 1920s Shanghai. All of the city's elite attend this gala event, but when Wanyan Ying unexpectedly wins, it sets into motion a series of tragic events

The movie began shooting Oct. 2 in Beijing at the China Film Group studio in Huairou, and will film in Shanghai, Fujian and Inner Mongolia.

Jiang stars in the movie and directing. He is also producing through his production company with Ma Ke. Buyilehu will distribute in China.

Jiang is known to the art-house crowd for his films such as Devils on the Doorstep and The Sun Also Rises. He also appeared in in Zhang Yimou's 1987 feature Red Sorghum.