Josephson joins Annihilator

Josephson joins Annihilator

By Patrick Frater

Wed, 27 February 2013, 15:53 PM (HKT)

Production News

Annihilator 中國超級英雄, the Chinese superhero franchise envisaged by Stan LEE, is to be produced by Barry Josephson and Douglas Falconer.

Josephson previously produced Wild Wild West and Enchanted as well as long-running TV series Bones. Falconer co-executive produced The Warrior's Way 워리어스 웨이 (2010) and produced Heaven's Rain.

It was previously announced that the Annihilator franchise is being executive produced by Eric MIKA and his Magic Storm Entertainment LLC, with a screenplay written by Dan GILROY.

"[Josephson] will create a genuine co-production that will have both a global appeal and perform well with audiences in China. We are very pleased to have Barry and Doug join this major co-production," said YANG Buting 楊步亭, chairman of Chinese state-run film investor, National Film Capital 國影投資基金.

NFC, which has a co-production and co-finance agreement with Magic Storm, will partially fund the film by drawing on an initial $422 million raised by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and other partners.

Magic Storm's primary focus is to develop globally appealing Hollywood branded Stan Lee film franchises that appeal to audiences throughout China and the rest of the world. Lee (pictured) is the comic book creator who invented Spider Man, Iron Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four and The Hulk.

The fantasy, action film is pitched as telling "the story of a young Chinese expatriate, Ming, who must choose between remaining in prison or enlist in a secret US super soldier program. The programme uses targeted genetic enhancements from various animal species. Ming chooses to undergo this nearly fatal procedure and through his extreme resolve, gained as a result of his family's tradition of practising qijong and martial arts, he survives. Now, armed with remarkable abilities, he must confront a former rival with his own set of enhanced faculties. The reluctant hero is forced not only to face his personal demons, but also to defeat the villain who will destroy everything that he knows and loves."

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