Headlines from China: U.S. Remake Rights to Dayyan Eng’s Chinese Comedy ‘Wished’ Have been Sold

U.S. Remake Rights to Dayyan Eng’s Chinese Comedy ‘Wished’ Have been Sold

After a successful theatrical run in China, Chinese American filmmaker Dayyan Eng’s latest comedy ‘Wished’ recently screened at the Howaii International Film Festival. Eng attended the screening as well as the post-screening Q&A at the Festival. In addition, it’s revealed during the Festival that the remake rights to ‘Wished’ have been sold to an American company. The U.S. remake  will be produced by Todd Garner who is a movie producer and a former co-president of production at Disney. Read more on Sohu

Shu Ping, Lu Wei, and Wang Huiling Lead the List of Top 100 Chinese Screenwriters

Recently, WeChat media account “Yiqipaidianying” released a list of top 100 Chinese screenwriters. The list is created based on criteria such as industry recognition, box office performance, and social influence, etc. Top 3 screenwriters are Shu Ping (‘Let The Bullets Fly,’ ‘Gone With The Bullets,’ ‘No Man’s Land’), Lu Wei (‘Farewell My Concubine,’ ‘To Live,’ ‘Tuya’s Marriage’), and Wang Huiling (‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,’ ‘Red Cliff,’ ‘Legend of the Demon Cat’). According to “Yiqipaidianying,” the fee charged by first-tier screenwriters in China ranges from 1 million yuan/per script to 5 million yuan/per script. In addition, comedy writers are lacking in the market. Read more on yiqipaidianying

IMAX China Reaches 500-theater Milestone at Dalian Bona Cinemas

On November 20, IMAX China’s 500th location launched at Bona Cinemas in Dalian. In 2001, the first IMAX cinema opened in Shanghai, marking the entry of IMAX into the Chinese market. Over the past 16 years, IMAX has launched 500 locations in 183 regions in China. Currently, IMAX owns 1200 screens worldwide, and the number of screens it owns in China has surpassed that in the U.S.. According to IMAX Entertainment CEO Greg Foster, the company has signed deals to build another 300 or so IMAX theaters in China. Read more on Mtime

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‘Geostorm’ Extends Theatrical Run in China Through December 26

‘Geostorm,’ an American disaster film produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, has extended its theatrical run in China through December 26, according to an official announcement made on November 20. The film opened in Chinese theaters on October 20 and has grossed 431 million yuan ($65 million) at box office as of now. ‘Geostorm’ stars Gerard Butler and Daniel Wu, and follows a satellite designer who tries to save the world from a worldwide storm. Read more on Mtime