Hollywood to remake low-budget Chinese fantasy film soon
Parallel Forest sci-fi fantasy movie poster. Photo: Web
A low-budget Chinese fantasy film that premiered in Beijing has been picked up by Hollywood with a view to commissioning a remake, the film’s producers announced at a media event Thursday.
Parallel forest, directed by direct youngster Zheng Lei, was produced by Poly Film, a Beijing-based production company that focuses on low-cost productions, in conjunction with film production cooperation Jiameng Dake Yutian.
With only a budget of one million yuan ($ 150,000), the film was shot with just three actors and ended in 14 days, according to the filmmakers.
Thursday, staff member of the peremier of the sci-fi fantasy film Parallel Forest in Beijing. Photo: Web
The film crew shared their experiences of having difficulty riding or dying during the premiere. âIf we couldn’t finish filming in 14 days, we would have to fire all crew members because there would be no more funds to fund more filming,â Zheng said.
“I borrowed the million yuan investment from friends. At that time, no one expected it to be a major event, let alone be noticed by Hollywood.”
Zheng Lei, director of the sci-fi fantasy film Parallel Forest, shares his behind-the-scenes stories at Beijing’s Peremier Thursday. Photo: Web
Parallel Forest, a sci-fi and suspense film, is the first Chinese fantasy film to be remade by Hollywood, according to Zhang Wenqiu, the film’s producer.
The Hollywood version will feature award-winning Screen Actors Guild actor Aldis Hodge from The Invisible Man, and his brother actor Edwin Hodge from The Tomorrow War.
Parallel forest is Zheng’s first feature film, which tells the story of the main character Du Yan, who loses his son in a car accident and manages to meet his son while crossing a parallel forest.
Du intensifies his healing vacation after the accident by spending time in a forest. She accidentally gets lost in a parallel area of ââthe woods, where she meets herself, her husband, and even her surviving son in another time and space.
In cooperation with outstanding young filmmakers, Poly Film has a reputation for supporting a number of excellent low-cost Chinese films such as Get out Your Secret in 1999 and My Sisters and Brothers in 2001.
Zhang Xinsheng, Managing Director of Poly Film, said at the film’s premiere that the film was exciting, thought-provoking and interesting. “The cost of the film is small, but full of charm.”