Global Road, Lorenzo di Bonaventura Partner on China-U.S. Co-Production 'The Last Masters'

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“Working with [Lorenzo] on our first Chinese co-production is a great way to jump-start this part of our business," said Global Road CEO Rob Friedman.

Donald Tang's growing U.S.-China mini studio Global Road Entertainment is partnering with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to co-produce action thriller The Last Masters.

The film will be written by Alex Tse, best known for scripting Zach Synder's Watchmen. The story follows three generations of martial arts fighters who must come together to vanquish an international operation that unites legit pharma with the world’s most powerful drug kingpins.

"This Hollywood-China co-production will offer a fresh perspective on one of China's most treasured cultural exports — martial arts — exploring how this ancient discipline is still relevant in today's world," Global Road said in a statement.

Lynn Harris, Global Road’s president of worldwide production, will oversee production. The project will be shot in China and other international locations. 

“I have known and worked with Lorenzo for many years and not only is he one of the best producers in our industry, he also has a passion for making great films with top tier talent,” said Global Road CEO Rob Friedman. “Working with him on our first Chinese co-production is a great way to jumpstart this part of our business and is the start of what we hope are many collaborations to come.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is best known as the producer of The Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises. Prior to starting his own company, he was involved in over a dozen productions at Warner Bros, including The Matrix, Analyze This, Ocean’s Eleven, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Training Day, and others. He added in a statement: “Alex and I are excited to be collaborating with Rob and his team at Global Road. I love this type of movie, it brings together a sense of tradition, high-voltage action, emotional challenges for its characters and speaks to a worldwide audience.”

The project was unveiled Monday at a media briefing in Hong Kong, where TMP announced a slew of strategic growth initiatives. The firm has partnered with Chinese Internet giant Tencent and real estate group China Everbright to acquire 10 to 20 Hollywood films per year for distribution in the growing Chinese theatrical market. TMP also revealed a new joint venture with Indian media giant Reliance Entertainment to collaborate on the distribution of Chinese and Indian film titles in one another's territories. 

"TMP believes in the strong potential of high-quality Chinese content and will continue to invest heavily in this area," Donald Tang added.

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