Arclight looks to 'Future X-Cops'

Sci-fi action movie stars Andy Lau

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CANNES -- L.A. sales company Arclight has boarded "Future X-Cops," a local-language sci-fi actioner that is set to make a huge end of year splash in China.

The $20 million picture stars Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau and is directed by Wong Jing, the prolific filmmaker whose career has scaled the heights and plumbed the depths of Hong Kong cinema over the past two decades.

Production is through China Films Group, Scholar Multimedia (Taiwan), and Mega-Vision Pictures (Hong Kong). The all-powerful CFG has distribution rights in mainland China and is planning a mega-release at the end of the year, reportedly including every cinema complex in the country.

The story involves a cop who travels back in time to foil a corporate conspiracy against a doctor who has created a new technology which threatens the the monopoly on a city's energy resources.

Stunts and action choreography are by Tony Siu-Tung Ching ("Hero," "House of Flying Daggers"), who coordinated more than 300 stunts for the Beijing Olympics ceremonies.

Arclight is handling the film through its Easternlight label.