China, Korea conjure 'Magic'


Investors from China and South Korea have teamed to produce "Legend of the Magic Bell," the first stereoscopic 3-D film from the two countries.

The $30 million picture is backed by John Woo and Terence Chang's Lion Rock Entertainment, Kimjonghak Production and Tosoa Entertainment and produced by Chang.

Kim Jonghak will direct the Mandarin-language picture from a screenplay by Guo Zheng ("Red Cliff"). It will begin shooting early next year and is set for delivery in late 2011 or early 2012. Hong Kong's Golden Network Asia is handling international sales.

The story is set in a world where humans coexist with demons. It follows a human warrior who falls in love with a demon bodyguard, setting off a cycle of love and death spanning 5,000 years. (partialdiff)