Huayi Brothers' U.S. Company Picks First Movie to Finance (Exclusive)
The Robert Downey Jr.-Marisa Tomei rom-com 'Only You' is getting a Chinese-language remake with Tang Wei and Feng Shaofeng
Chinese production company Huayi Brothers has selected its first movie to be financed through its new U.S. company: a Chinese-language remake of the Robert Downey Jr.-Marisa Tomei romantic comedy Only You. The film will star Tang Wei, who appeared in Ang Lee's 2007 film Lust, Caution, and Feng Shaofeng. Released by Sony's Tristar label in 1994, Only You, directed by Norman Jewison, starred Tomei and Downey as two soulmates who eventually find each other.
The remake will be directed by newcomer Zhang Hao and produced by Feng Xiaogang.
Sony, which declined to comment, is in negotiations to join the co-production as a financing partner and would distribute the film in all territories outside Asia. The smaller-budgeted movie is set for release in the summer of 2015.
Huayi also has acquired the Chinese rights to Brad Pitt's Fury, Johnny Depp's Mordecai and Keanu Reeves' John Wick. In September, the Huayi Brothers announced a $130 million U.S. subsidiary to invest in film and TV production and distribution.
Huayi is represented in its dealings with Sony by O'Melveny & Myers. Eva Cao represents Huayi as its head of international production.
A rep for Huayi declined to comment.
Oct 19 at 9:49 a.m. Updated with Huayi rep's response.