Jan. 30th, 2008
12:47 pm - Silentmonkeys has moved!!!
To see the continuation of my obsessive tracking of The Forbidden Kingdom, click here!
Nov. 15th, 2007
06:20 pm - Unofficial Trailer Hits YouTube
Some time today I got an email telling me the trailer was online.
Watching Jackie and Jet fight together literally gave me chills. This gives me a lot of faith in Rob Minkoff. The Lion King was one of the great movies of the 90's even though it was animated. I think any fear I had that this might be softened has definitely been reassured. This teaser is wicked!
Nov. 6th, 2007
02:02 pm - Interviews with the Cast and Crew
A very cool video popped up online, or at least onto my radar, at the Asian site Star Online. Interviews with Jackie, Jet, the director Rob Minkoff, Michael Angararo and footage from the big press conference they all had. This story gives a lot of insight about Jet and Jackie's thoughts going into this movie, what it was like to work together, what the story's about and why they made it. Really an awesome piece on the movie and highly recommended for anyone who, like me, is looking out for it in 2008...
Nov. 5th, 2007
03:29 pm - Yifei Liu on and off the set
Found some incredible pictures of Yifei Liu both on the set and at what looks like a wrap party for Forbidden Kingdom. Both she and Bingbing Li are beautiful women and evidently both can fight, so they will be formidable co-stars for Jackie Chan and Jet Li...
SOURCE: Asian Fanatics Forum
Oct. 28th, 2007
Some users on the message board for Pro-Networks posted the excellent first cast pic with the following post (with a link farther down to the second). The origin site for these pics (and others) is here.
Here is some exclusive info on the current status of production on The Forbidden Kingdom.
Many movies have about 25-35 shooting days, with 30 being common. Generally the actor would be on location for about a month and a half. This especially applies to small independent films.
Well, this is no little indie. The Forbidden Kingdom is a big movie, and has a production schedule of 100 days. They have completed about 75 days of production right now.
While the majority of production is done, there is still a 31 day fight sequence to produce. That's longer than the entire shooting schedule on many films.
Most from the U.S. have now been in China for 4 1/2 months and have not been back home since.
06:12 pm - Forbidden Kingdom Wraps
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM has just wrapped, with the last few scenes completed at the massive Hengdian World Studios in Zhejiang Province, China. Filming started on May 2, 2007. The 17-week production took place at various locations in China, including Anji, Dunhuang, Fangyan, Xianju, Wuyi Mountain and Hengdian.
Lionsgate plans to release THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM in the United States in Spring 2008 and will co-release the film with The Weinstein Company. Lionsgate UK will self-distribute the film in the United Kingdom. The Weinstein Company will handle distribution in Spain, France and Latin America. Relativity Media is handling foreign sales on the picture. THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM marks the second project that Relativity has produced and financed and that Lionsgate has marketed and distributed as a joint effort.
"The combination of a formidable crew, together with the spectacular locations and studio sets has made this an incredible journey for all of us. We have accomplished so much more than I would have ever imagined possible. I cannot wait to show what we have achieved to the world,” commented producer Casey Silver (LADDER 49, HIDALGO, the upcoming LEATHERHEADS). The film is produced by Casey Silver Productions in association with Relativity Media and in co-production with Chinese studio Huayi Brothers Media Group (KUNGFU HUSTLE, THE BANQUET).
Directed by Rob Minkoff (THE LION KING), THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM brings together the two top international martial arts superstars, Jackie Chan (SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, DRUNKEN MASTER, the RUSH HOUR trilogy) and Jet Li (THE ONE, HERO, FEARLESS) for the first time in movie-making history.
Also starring in the film are Michael Angarano (ALMOST FAMOUS, LORDS OF DOGTOWN), Collin Chou (THE MATRIX RELOADED, THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS) and renowned Chinese actresses Crystal Liu Yi Fei (LOVE OF MAY, RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES) and Li Bing Bing (THE KNOT, LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS).
"Working in China with some of its biggest stars, both in front of and behind the camera, has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” declared Minkoff.
Bringing his extraordinary eye to the film’s visual scheme is Academy Award®-winning director of photography Peter Pau (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR, THE PROMISE); while famed action choreographer Woo-Ping Yuen (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, THE MATRIX, HERO, FEARLESS) has created a host of ingenious fight sequences, including a few that take place between the characters played by Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
In developing the film’s original screenplay, screenwriter John Fusco (HIDALGO, the Academy Award®-nominated SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON) wove in characters from the famous Chinese legends "Journey To The West” and "The Eight Immortals,” as well as the martial arts novel "The Bride With White Hair.” These classic elements are joined with the modern-day story of a kungfu-obsessed teenager to create a film that delivers non-stop martial arts action while also exploring the deeper meaning of kungfu.
Executive producers on the project include Ryan Kavanaugh of Relativity Media (3:10 TO YUMA, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY) and Raffaella De Laurentiis (THE LAST LEGION, BACKDRAFT). The production marked a happy return to the region for De Laurentiis, who was in China and Hong Kong to produce 1986’s TAIPAN and 1993’s DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY. "The dynamics of filmmaking in Asia have changed tremendously since I was last here,” De Laurentiis remarked. "The industry has made enormous strides and our collaboration with Huayi Brothers Media Group has been very fruitful.”
The focus is now shifting to South Korea, where the visual effects will be created by a consortium of the top visual effects houses, assembled specifically for the movie: Macrograph, Inc., Digital Tetra Inc. (DTI) and Footage. It will be the first time that a non-Korean film with a complex and ambitious special effects profile will undergo post-production work in South Korea, a market that in the last decade has seen a rapid expansion of its filmmaking capabilities.
Said Silver, "For a film that has crossed so many boundaries and set numerous precedents, it was only fitting to have a top-notch Korean visual effects team come on board. We’ve been fortunate to assemble the best and brightest from Macrograph, DTI and Footage, and I believe they will bring the film to another level.”
Added Minkoff, "Korea is on the cutting edge of media in Asia, so I am excited to see this team work their magic.” "DTI Pictures has always dreamt of working on such a major project,” said Yoon Suk Lee, the CEO of DTI.
THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM may represent a watershed moment for the South Korean film industry, which is poised to take on more Hollywood-based projects. "Being a part of an international production of this scale will help to further develop the company,” commented Tae Jung Han, the President of Footage. "Macrograph’s goal has always been to become a global CGI house,” added Dr. Inho Lee, the CEO of Macrograph.