TENTH TIME LUCKY
Director Stanley Tong (“Rumble in the Bronx”) is to team up with Jackie Chan for the tenth time on “The Legend.” State media in China report that Chan, who recently reached the top spot in the mainland Chinese box office with aged stuntman comedy “Ride On,” will play an archaeologist on a quest through time and space. With production by Bona Film Group, “The Legend” is pitched as being in the same vein as Tong and Chan’s 2005 effort “The Myth,” which was a fantasy love story. Tong and Chan have worked together on other titles including “Police Story 3,” “Supercop” and “Vanguard.”
India’s Jio Studios is backing “Khashaba,” a Marathi-language film on the life of India’s first Olympic medalist Khasaba Dadasaheb. After delivering the “Sairat,” the all-time highest grosser in the history of Marathi cinema, and London and Goteborg selection “Fandry,” the new film will be directed by Nagraj Manjule. The title is considered as part of Jio Studio’s ambition to deliver more than 100 stories this year. With production to begin shortly, the film will be mounted on a large scale. “Along with entertaining the audience, this film will also introduce the audience to a brave and exceptional athlete who made India proud all over the world,” said Manjule. “Khashaba” will be presented by Jio Studios and produced by Aatpat Production, Jyoti Deshpande and Manjule.
The Shanghai International Film Festival will spotlight British film director Mike Leigh as part of its “Tribute to Masters” unit. The festival (June 9-18) will show eight of his classic works including “Secrets & Lies,” “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner.”