1949 after Red Cliff for John Woo

John WooAfter John Woo’s upcoming Red Cliff hits theaters this summer, the director will attack 1949, a big budget romance film, according to Variety. 1949 is budgeted at $40 million dollars, with production being handled by Woo and Lion Rock, with worldwide rights handled by Fortissimo Films.

The film is “based on true events” which occurred at the end of both World War II and the Chinese Civil War, with a screenply by Wang Hui-ling (Lust, Caution; Courching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and starring Chang Chen (Red Cliff) and former figure skater Song Hye-kyo. 1949 begins shooting in December in China, with a release the following December, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

On a related note, Woo recently screened 8 minutes of Red Cliff at a press junket, saying, “People in China have the ability to make Gladiator or Troy.” Variety Asia has Woo speaking about the large scale of the film, noting, “It is my dream come true to make (Red Cliff). I wanted to make the biggest ever action sequences.” Woo also mentioned that “the Chinese government was very helpful. It wants us to make better movies.”

Red Cliff opens in China on July 10, so we’ll know if those wishes are to be fulfilled soon.

Related posts: Trailer Watch: Love Songs, Diary of the Dead, Red Cliff; Trailer Watch: Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon; Painted Skin to come with sequels, TV spinoffs

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 16:11 by JasonS@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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