TIFF: Chinese Blockbuster 'Monster Hunt' Nabbed by FilmRise for North America

Monster Hunt Still 2 - H 2015
Courtesy of Edko Films

Raman Hui's CGI/live-action fantasy is set to surpass 'Furious 7' as the highest-grossing film ever in China.

FilmRise has grabbed the North American rights to the Chinese box office titan Monster Hunt from Shrek animator Rama Hui.

The indie distributor will release Hui's CG/live-action fantasy epic in all media in early 2016. The deal with Edko Films follows Monster Hunt since its release in China on July 16, grossing over $370 million.

That puts the movie on track to surpass Furious 7 as the highest-grossing film of all time in China. Monster Hunt also broke China’s single-day record at the box office after earning just over $162 million in eight days.

Set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist, Monster Hunt tells the story of Wuba, a monster born to be king. Wuba becomes the central figure in stopping an all-out monster civil war.

The movie is produced by Hong Kong's Edko Films, cost $40 million to make and features a cast of Hong Kong and Chinese actors, including Bai Baihe, Jiang Wu, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Tang Wei and Sandra Ng.

"With its spellbinding CGI and remarkable action sequences, the film provides plenty of entertainment for kids and adults alike," said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, on Thursday in a statement.

Hui earlier co-directed Shrek The Third, which retains the record for biggest animated opening weekend in the U.S. The North American acquisition deal was negotiated by Max Einhorn, vp acquisitions at FilmRise, and Julian Chiu, senior manger of international sales and distribution at Edko Films.