Tsui Hark, Stephen Chow may collaborate

By Zhang Rui
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Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow, two of the most famous names in Hong Kong film industry, may unite to film a sequel to Chow's "Journey to the West," local media reported Monday.

A poster of "Journey to the West" [File photo] 


Hong Kong media reported that the newly emerging giant Alibaba Pictures Group is investing in various big film projects this year, including Chow's science fiction movie "Mermaid."

According to new reports, Alibaba Pictures also got Chow and Tsui Hark to collaborate on "Journey to the West 2," a sequel to Chow's 2013 blockbuster "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons."

"Journey to the West 2" may be executive produced by Stephen Chow and directed by Tsui Hark. It may start filming in August 2015 with a budget as high as 400 million yuan (US$63.89 million). The release date would be the 2017 New Year season.

Local media said that Chow, who is busy working on "Mermaid," has been in talks with Tsui and the two reached a consensus on film's framework and script. Reports said Chow is sincerely hoping to work with Tsui, and will not interfere with Tsui's directing, though the two have different visions and styles.

But there are also several things in common between the two: they both love to experiment with advanced film technologies, they have wild imaginations and they both make top grossing films.

"Journey to the West 2" will hire back the original cast from "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons" with new additional cast members. For the 3D special effects, the visual effects team behind "Avatar" will be invited to be consultants.

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