Jackie Chan Will Star in Biggest-Budget Hong Kong Movie 'Sun Tzu's Art of War'29 May, 2001 By: Hive News
Jackie Chan will star in two big-budget projects for Hong Kong-based producer-distributor Golden Harvest, including Sun Tzu's Art of War, which is expected to be the most expensive Hong Kong movie ever made, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It is estimated that Art of War, to be filmed in Mandarin, will cost $70 million to $80 million, said The Reporter.
First on the slate will be Operation Condor 3. The film is expected to go into production on location in India next year with a budget of at least $38.5 million, the company said.
Art of War, based on the famous military treatise, will follow. Chinese warrior Sun Tzu's aphoristic essays, written more than 2,000 years ago, attempt to formulate a rational basis for the planning and conduct of military operations. The book is still in print and often used as a guide to business dealings.
The Reporter said that Chan, speaking at a dinner last week for his latest Hong Kong release, Golden Harvest's The Accidental Spy, said he expects to use "1 (million)-2 million" extras for the war scenes in Art of War.
"We want to do it without the help of computer effects," Chan said. "I hope that the results will rival computer-effects scenes in Hollywood movies."
Chan said he chose the project because "I wanted to do something Chinese and find a story that people would understand. I've come to know that almost everyone has heard of the treatise."
The two films are expected to be produced within the next two years, Chan said.
Although Condor 3 will be smaller than Art of War, "it will still be a big production," Chan said.
The action star is keeping busy, with production scheduled to start next month on Emperor Multimedia Group's $51 million Highbinders, between shooting dates for DreamWorks' The Tuxedo.
Chan appears this summer in New Line's Rush Hour 2, set for release Aug. 3.
Accidental Spy, the highest-budgeted completed Hong Kong film at $26 million, is expected to open in the United States via Dimension Films during the Christmas season. According to The Reporter, the film has topped boxoffices throughout Asia, taking in more than $3.8 million in Hong Kong, $1.9 million in Taiwan, $842,000 in Malaysia, $1.2 million in Singapore, $661,000 in Thailand and $4.3 million in China, where it is still showing.