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Zhang Yimou To Scale ‘The Great Wall’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 12:05pm PDT

Marrakech International Film Festival - Tribute To Zhang Yimou - Red Carpet PhotocallZhang Yimou will replace Ed Zwick to direct The Great Wall, the China-set epic that Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount for the past several years through his Legendary East division. The film, scripted by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market. Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjaman Walker, but it didn’t get over the wall that time. Legendary East was recalibrated in a joint venture with China Film Company, and they’re trying again with the Raise The Red Lantern helmer.

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Ed Zwick Falls Off ‘The Great Wall’ In China

By | Monday September 24, 2012 @ 11:37am PDT
Mike Fleming

The Great Wall MovieBREAKING … Ed Zwick has fallen off The Great Wall, the epic-sized film meant to be the first major film to kick off Legendary East that got postponed earlier this year, partly because of weather and partly because funding was still coming together. Even though Zwick is out, the film is expected to happen next year. Legendary Pictures set Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker to join Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill, and Zhang Ziyi and other Chinese talent were also being courted for the film when the decision was made to postpone.

Related: CAA China’s Peter Loehr Hired As Legendary East CEO Read More »

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‘The Great Wall’ Isn’t Crumbling; Legendary East Pic Postpones Start Date Until Spring

By | Sunday June 10, 2012 @ 3:05pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Great WallEXCLUSIVE: While Legendary Pictures just set Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star Benjamin Walker on Friday to join Man of Steel‘s Henry Cavill in the Ed Zwick-directed The Great Wall, a decision has just been made to push from a fall start date until next spring.

Rumors have been racing this weekend that The Great Wall might be crumbling but I’m told that is not the case. In fact, casting on the film continues with Zhang Ziyi (pictured) and other Chinese talent is also being courted for the film.

Related: CAA China’s Peter Loehr Hired As Legendary East CEO

The issue is weather. The film will shoot in locations in China and New Zealand, and logistically it will be easier to do this in the spring than if the picture keeps its fall start date. Insiders tell me the film will happen, even though a domestic distributor hasn’t yet been secured. It is meant to be the first major film to kick off Legendary East, and with every studio looking for opportunities to make films in China, the project certainly seems viable.

Set in 15th century China, The Great Wall is about British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols — there is something inhuman and more dangerous. The picture is based on an idea by … Read More »

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Benjamin Walker Lands Co-Lead In ‘The Great Wall’

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 1:18pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING…. Benjamin Walker has nabbed the co-lead of Legendary Pictures’ The Great Wall, the Ed Zwick period adventure movie that already stars Man Of Steel‘s Henry Cavill. Deadline previously told you that Walker, repped by WME and Inspire, was in the running for the part with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard. Walker next appears as the hero in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The Great Wall, set in 15th century China, is about British warriors who happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols — there is something inhuman and more dangerous. The picture, based on an idea by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull and Max Brooks, is being made through the Hong Kong-based Legendary East.

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Will Alexander Skarsgard Or Benjamin Walker Scale ‘The Great Wall?’

Mike Fleming

The co-lead of the Ed Zwick-directed The Great Wall is between True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard and Benjamin Walker, who stars in the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The Legendary Pictures film already has Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill set to star in an adventure film about British warriors traveling through 15th Century China and happen upon the hurried construction of the massive wall. As night falls, the warriors realize that the haste in building the wall isn’t just to keep out the Mongols. There is something inhuman and more dangerous. The picture, based on an idea by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull and Max Brooks, is being made through the Hong Kong-based Legendary East.

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