Yeoh stirred by CJ's Recipe
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 24 May 2012, 17:34 PM (HKT)
Production is now underway in Thailand on Final Recipe 파이널 레시피, an English-language drama about food and family set in Singapore.
The much-delayed film is directed by South Korea's Gina KIM 김진아 and stars Asian superstar Michelle YEOH 楊紫瓊. It is fully financed by Korean entertainment giant CJ E&M Corp 씨제이이앤엠 주식회사, which is also hatching a new US project with Brett RATNER (see below).
Final Recipe is an epicurean coming-of-age tale of an amateur cook who has to deal with the twisted fate of his family. Production is by Keiko BANG's Bang Singapore Pte Ltd and CJ Entertainment Inc ＣＪ엔터테인먼트. Shooting is expected to continue to the end of June, with a release scheduled for the end of 2012 or early 2013.
The film was previously announced in Nov 2010 as a venture backed by Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) through its New Feature Film Fund and by investment firm Asia Media & Technology Capital. Neither company is involved any longer.
Production was delayed by Kim's recent illness, but during the hiatus the Singapore government changed its funding policies and withdrew its support from the film, leaving CJ to pick up the $8 million budget.
Separately CJ has agreed with US director Brett Ratner to develop buddy action adventure franchise The Golden Age.
The deal involves Rat Entertainment's John Cheng and CJ Entertainment's HONG Min-young 홍민영 overseeing screenwriters J.P. LAVIN and Chad DAMIANI scripting what is intended to be a franchise, involving a British puzzle expert, a Chinese police officer and a mysterious Chinese female pirate on the hunt for China's hidden treasures. Ratner is considering directing the first film in the series The Golden Age: The Lost Treasure of Zheng He.
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