Filmko on a quest to make 3D 'Quixote'

First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

HONG KONG -- Filmko launches the first Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama with "Don Quixote," a US$11 million fantasy adaptation of the Spanish literary classic.

Helmed by Chinese director Agan, starring Karena Lam ("Claustrophobia") and Liu Ye ("City of Life and Death"), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy's stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

Filmko chose to base the film on the 17th century Spanish novel for its fantasy elements. "Not all genres are good for the 3D treatment, we had to pick the suitable stories to film in 3D. Fantasy and myths are the best for us," said Dominic Yip, Distribution GM of Filmko, which has bases in Hong Kong and Beijing. "Don Quixote" is scheduled for August in China, and late 2010 for Hong Kong.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, "The Monkey King," a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature "Journey to the West" with a script written by "Ip Man" writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Besides continuing the collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Filmko is now in negotiation with investors from China and Japan to co-produce, to capitalize on the popularity of the original story in the latter country.