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iW NEWS | Sony Announces New Asian Collaboration, Acquisition

Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia announced a new multi-feature production collaboration with Stephen Chow's production company Star Overseas. The two companies will work on a series of films featuring new and emerging Asian talent. Chow's own film, "Jump," will be the first project of the joint venture. Described as a "hip-hop dance romantic comedy", "Jump" will be produced by Chui Po Chu ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and will star Kitty Zhang. It will begin production later this summer with Sony Pictures Releasing International handling worldwide distribution, as it will for all films under the new deal.

"Asia is producing some of the most exciting new talent," said Gareth Wigan, Vice Chairman of Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group. "With Stephen's superb artistic sensibilities and commercial instincts combined with Sony's distribution and marketing expertise, the prospects for this collaboration are extremely exciting."

Chow's Star Overseas previously collaborated with Sony on "Kung Fu Hustle," which grossed over $100 million worldwide.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has also acquired North American rights to HandMade Film's upcoming production, "The Long Good Friday." Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group and HandMade Films International jointly made the announcement at Cannes Monday.

"The Long Good Friday" is a contemporary remake of the 1980 UK crime thriller. It will be written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ("Alien Vs. Predator.") The deal was negotiated by Peter Schlessel and Lara Thompson on behalf of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, and Guy Collins and Michael Ryan on behalf of HandMade. [Peter Knegt]

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