Chinese media entrepreneur Bruno Wu has established a series of joint ventures with global partners including Justin Lin, Avi Arad and Pinewood Studios over the past 16 months. Today, he’s announcing the creation of Seven Stars Constellation Film Company which will focus on titles for the domestic Chinese market. The company will produce local-language films as well as act as theatrical distributor for Wu’s non-Chinese pics. When I sat down with Wu in May, he told me that there needed to be a redefinition of Chinese films in order for them to break out of their home market. “I don’t believe Chinese movies should only have Chinese cast and talents shooting it with a Chinese story. Hollywood is a symbol of global movies, it’s not just American movies. It’s become a platform and a melting pot; it’s for all the talents and capital from all over the globe. Therefore I’m trying a new route for the Chinese movie.” Under the new Constellation banner, Wu is partnering with Joyful Film, led by Liu Yiwei who was involved in recent Chinese box office winners Lost In Thailand and Finding Mr. Right. Here’s the full release:
Beijing/Los Angeles, September 18, 2012: Seven Stars Film Studios (“SSFS”), a subsidiary of Seven Stars Entertainment Group led by Chairman Bruno Wu, announced today that world-renowned actress Gong Li (RAISE THE RED LANTERN, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) will take the lead role in the China-US co-production of THE LAST EMPRESS. THE LAST EMPRESS tells the story of the extraordinary period of Empress Cixi’s life and her complex relationships with Emperor Guang Xu and Imperial advisor American Costa, both of whom shared a desire to modernize China. Critically, as a result of tragic misunderstandings, bloodshed ended Guang Xu’s 100 day reform, and China lost a chance of gaining a modern parliamentary monarch and hope of democracy at the time, which caused a period of violent revolutions.
Beijing/Los Angeles, July 10, 2012: Seven Stars Film Studios (“SSFS”), a subsidiary of Seven Stars Entertainment Group led by Chairman Bruno Wu, announced today that SSFS will be the lead investor in a China-US co-production of The Last Empress. This epic English-language feature will bring together an Oscar-winning® team including producer Jake Eberts (GANDHI, DRIVING MISS DAISY, DANCES WITH WOLVES), writer Mr. Shen Yuhe (TOWARDS REPUBLIC) with producer Jeremy Thomas (THE LAST EMPEROR) as a consultant.
Beijing/Hong Kong/Los Angeles, May 7, 2012: Bruno Wu, CEO Harvest Seven Stars Media Private Equity (HSSMPE) and Chairman of Seven Stars Global Entertainment (SSGE), the parent company of Seven Stars Film Studios (SSFS), today announced that Fred Milstein will become President, International, HSSMPE and Chief Executive Officer of Seven Stars Film Studios (SSFS), with immediate effect.
Milstein will be based in Los Angeles and will bring his considerable experience as a pioneer in finance and filmed entertainment to the East/West remit of HSSMPE and SSFS, with an oversight on all of their investment strategy and joint ventures outside of China. Milstein will report to Bruno Wu, Harvest’s Lindsay Wright and the HSSMPE board of directors.