大闹天宫 The Monkey King
The Monkey King is an upcoming Hong Kong martial arts fantasy movie directed by Cheang Pou-soiand starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the movie's action director. Production began in Beijing on 18 October 2010 and will be filmed in IMAX3-D.
The movie is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng'en's novel, Journey to the West and will tell the story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven。
When the movie was first announced, both Jet Li and Donnie Yen were eyed for a role. On May 18, 2010, Yen was confirmed to be playing the title role of the Monkey King. The movie was originally budgeted at 300 million yuan but later was raised to 400 million yuan. Filmko and Mandarin Films share in a 65% and 35% split the production cost. Later, it was announced Chow Yun-fat and Aaron Kwok will be playing the Jade Emperor and Bull Demon King respectively. Kwok's role is said to be breaking traditions for being handsome, stylish and fighting for love. Additional cast members were later announced including Cecilia Cheung, Gigi Leung, Kelly Chen, Peter Ho, Joe Chen and Liu Ye.
For the 3-D shoot, Filmko recruited Hollywood talents. The crew includes David Ebner (Alice in Wonderland,Spider-Man 3), who will serve as visual effects supervisor for the movie and Shaun Smith (The Forbidden Kingdom, 300, I Am Legend) who will be the special make-up supervisor.
The original poster released had a release date of February 2012. However, later it was announced that it will be released in either July 2011 or 2012 and Filmko and Global Star Productions has their eyes on aRMB500 million (US$88 million) box office target in China. Recently, it was announced that it will be released on 7 July 2012.
大闹天宫（dà nào tiān gōng）：How the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven.
《西游记》(xī yóu jì)：Journey to the West Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Originally published anonymously in the 1590s during the Ming Dynasty, its authorship has been ascribed to the scholar Wu Cheng'en since the 20th century. In English-speaking countries, the tale is also often known simply as the Monkey King.
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