Sun Entertainment Makes English-Language Debut, Backs Philip Lee’s $120 Million ‘Inversion’

Variety | 3/17/2019 | Patrick Frater
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The $120 million multinational disaster movie “Inversion” leads a slate of two feature films and a TV series from Hong Kong-Chinese producer and financier Sun Entertainment Culture (SUNEC). The two movies mark Sun’s English-language film debut.

Founded in 2011, SUNEC has been involved in Hong Kong-Chinese co-productions such as 2017’s “Paradox” and 2015’s “SPL II: A Time for Consequences,” starring Wu Jing. But with the Chinese entertainment industry currently in turmoil after new tax rules have created hurdles for local financing and production, the company is looking to move in a more international direction, expanding into producing content in different languages as it becomes more difficult to produce in the mainland.

Disaster - Thriller - Inversion - Story - Scientist

Disaster thriller “Inversion” tells the story of a Chinese scientist and an American pilot who must work together to save the world when gravity suddenly disappears. The project originally was set to be written by a team comprised of screenwriter, producer and director Paul Haggis, Bragi Schut, David Arata and Michael Finch. It is now based on a screenplay by Golden Horse nominee Li Wei, who wrote Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow.”

“Inversion” will now be directed by Mark Waters (“Mean Girls,” “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”). He has replaced German director Katja Von Garnier — known for 1997’s “Bandits” and the “Windstorm” franchise, a series of three films about a girl and her horse named Ostwind — who has parted ways with the project over “creative differences.” Von Garnier herself replaced American director Peter Segal, known for numerous films starring Adam Sandler including “50 First Dates” and “The Longest Yard.”

Production - Liu - Yifei - Lead - Disney

The production had previously cast Liu Yifei, the lead in Disney’s live-action “Mulan,” as the Chinese star. But it has now replaced her with Yang Caiyu, known for her breakout role in Feng Xiaogang’s “Youth.” The leading male role has not yet been cast, though...
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