Painted Skin to come with sequels, TV spinoffs

Painted SkinThe Hollywood Reporter has announced the development of a trilogy of feature film adaptations of famous Chinese ghost stories. The first, titled Painted Skin (no relation to the 1992 film of the same name by King Hu), is due out September 28 in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. According to Kathy Lan of Golden Sun Films, each film in the trilogy will be followed by a 40-episode television spinoff.

The first film’s budget is set at $15 million, with the followup at $20 million, though the movies’ respective tones will lean more to the fantasy genre, instead of horror, to please Chinese censors. The TV spinoffs will feature different casts than the films. The first is scheduled to begin shooting in the fall.

Speaking of the casts, Painted Skin will feature martial arts star Donnie Yen (Dragon Tiger Gate) and Zhou Xun (The Banquet) and Zhao Wei (John Woo’s upcoming Red Cliff) and will be directed by The Medallion‘s Gordon Chan. It is described briefly at IMDb as “an action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.”

Lan also mentioned that 20 minutes of the film will be screened at Cannes, concluding sales to Japan and Canada. There was no mention of a US release, but with Donnie Yen in the lead, it will find its way here on DVD, at least.

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 17:49 by JasonS@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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