Weinsteins set ‘Shanghai,’ ‘Samurai’

 

With "The Forbidden Kingdom" set to open wide Friday, the Weinstein Co. divulged a few more details Tuesday about the products of its $285 million Asian Film Fund.

The two highlights:

"Shanghai" will be directed by Mikael Hafstrom ("1408," "Derailed") from a script by Hossein Amini ("The Wings of the Dove"). The story, set in 1941 China, will star John Cusack, Gong Li and Ken Watanabe. Shooting will begin May 5 in London, then move to Thailand and possibly China. The film will be released in North America on Christmas Day.

"Seven Samurai" will start shooting in the fourth quarter for release in 2009. The cast will feature American, European and Asian stars, and a director is in advanced talks with TWC.

(Variety)


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