Fox International cranks up 'Summer'

Chinese romantic comedy is company's first China pic

Fox International Productions is making its first foray into China with the Chinese-language romantic comedy "Hot Summer Days," which it is producing and distributing with Star Television Asia and Huayi Brothers Media.

Assembling a cast from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the film will star Jacky Cheung, Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu, Rene Liu, Vivian Hsu, Barbie Hsu, Angelababy, Jing Boran, Duan Yihong, Fu Xinbo and Gordon Liu.

The film, which began filming in August in Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, is being co-directed by first-time directors Wing Shya, who has made his mark as a cinematographer and fashion photographer, and Tony Chan.

Fruit Chan and Paul Cheng are co-producers.

The film is slated for release early next year in China by Huayi Brothers and by Fox in all territories outside of mainland China. STAR holds pay TV rights to the film in Asia excluding China.