News Live-action Slam Dunk movie in production
posted on 2007-03-09 15:56 EST
Chang Hong Television Group (Taiwan) and Shanghai Film and Television Group (China) will begin production work next week on a live-action adaptation of Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk manga.
The manga ran to for volumes and was the basis of a 101-episode anime series and four animated movies.
The live-action film will be shot in studios in Shanghai and on location in Taiwain. With a budget of US$10 million, it is slated for a Winter 2008 release. The cast will feature Jay Chou, Charlene Choi and Chen Bo-lin, while the crew includes art director Yee Chung Man (nominated for a costume design Oscar for Curse of the Golden Flower) and Tony Ching Siu Tung, the action director of both Curse of the Golden Flower and House of Flying Daggers. The cinematographer of Curse of the Golden Flower, Zhao Xiao Ding, will join the crew in that capacity as well. Slam Dunk is set to be directed by Kevin Chu Yin Ping ("Expect a Miracle").
Foreign distribution rights have already been sold for Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, and an international sales agent will be appointed in the next several months.