Lam to direct 'Dragon Tiger Gate' sequel

Enlight Pictures producing ninth film of new slate

BEIJING -- Hong Kong's Dante Lam will direct the sequel to the 2006 Wilson Yip hit "Dragon Tiger Gate," with Gordon Chan producing for Enlight Pictures, Enlight president Zhang Zhao said Tuesday.

The planned $10 million project, set to begin production in March, is the ninth film in Beijing-based Enlight's newly announced slate to be led by Chan, director of the 2008 China boxoffice hit "Painted Skin."

On the sequel to Mandarin Films' 2006 movie, Zhang said Enlight would co-produce with the Asian Alliance led by Salon Films in Hong Kong. Zhang said it was not yet clear what each company would put up by way of investment.

Enlight will distribute the film in China, Zhang said.

Lam most recently directed "The Sniper" and "Beast Stalker," for release this year and last year, respectively.

"We wanted to push Dante up to doing something new and challenging," Zhang said in an interview at the Enlight Media headquarters in Beijing, where Enlight Pictures has a staff of about 25.

Zhang also said that as a part of his plan for Enlight to recoup some investment from money made back outside the boxoffice, he is in talks about a "Dragon Tiger Gate" video game with Tony Wong Yuk Long, the author of the "Oriental Heroes" comic books series -- begun in 1970 -- on which the 2006 film was based.

"The rights issues are crucial, but we're exploring all possibilities," Zhang said.