Zhang Yimou‘s period epic “Curse of the Golden Flower” has been nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. The company nabbed North American and Latin American rights to the period epic, according to an announcement today. The film, currently shooting in China, stars Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li and marks the ninth time that Zhang Yimou and the Sony Classics team with work together. In an announcement, the company described the film’s plot as being about “the volatile balance of power between the King (Chow Yun Fat) and the Queen (Gong Li) and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons.” Much of the creative team behind “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” are working together on the new movie, including cinematographer Zhao Xiading, production designer Huo Tingxiao, action director Tony Ching Siu-Tung, sound designer Tao Jing, and producers Bill Kong and Zhang Wei Ping. The music is composed by Shigeru Umebayashi and the costume designer is Yee Chung Man.
In a statement, SPC co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard said, “We feel ‘Curse of the Golden Flower’ will be a culmination of Zhang Yimou’s great career. The level of excitement surrounding this film is unbelievable. Needless to say, it is great to be together once again with Zhang Yimou, his tremendous crew, Gong Li, Chow Yun Fat, and, of course, Bill Kong.” A release date is still pending. [Eugene Hernandez]