Filmart: Andy Lau to Produce TV Series for Fox
The Hong Kong superstar will produce the five-episode 'Trading Floor,' about the financial industry in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong multihyphenate Andy Lau is producing a new television drama miniseries for Fox Networks Group to launch the company's Chinese-language television production arm.
Trading Floor will be broadcast globally through Fox's SCM (formerly Star Chinese Movies) and through OTT platforms. The project — the Chinese title of which is Hong Kong Wall Street — takes place in the world of finance. Season one of the series will contain five hourlong episodes to be directed by K.K. Wong, who works primarily with Lau's own Focus Television division and who previously made the acclaimed local series The Election for Hong Kong Television Network.
Fox is also prepping Stained, a police procedural miniseries, based on true events, to be directed by Hong Kong rom-com veteran Patrick Kong and starring Kara Wai, Anthony Wong and Kwan-ho Tse.
Both series are now in preproduction for release later this year. Further seasons will be ordered depending on their reception, and film versions of the titles might also be in the works.
Fox is aiming to produce premium television series following the format of U.S. shows, with a focus on high budget and high production value, according to Cora Yim, senior vp, head of Chinese entertainment at Fox International Channels. It will be the first company in Asia to produce TV series in this format where the norm is for series to contain 30 episodes or more without further seasons.