Thailand: Good times, bad times
Competition threatens SE Asian country's lead
Mystery is big winner at Asian Film Awards
Philippines recognised in acting categories
Yeoh to be hailed at Asian Film Awards
Superstar actress to receive Excellence honour
Jeong anointed in CJ management reshuffle
Kim sidelined in latest putsch at Korean giant
Asian buyers busy at EFM
Pickups include teen fantasy, paranormal thriller, spoof horror
My Way on target with buyers
Early Berlin sales news
Michelle Yeoh Q&A
On getting The Lady made and a possible return to production
Local revenues boom for South Korean films
KOFIC data: BO climbs, NEW is No 3 distributor
CJ strikes Netflix deal
Korean films to screen online in US
CJ launches direct distribution in Vietnam
Korean giant has theatrical capacity in five territories
Online smiles for Sunny
Revenue growth points to improving ancillaries outlook
Seoul keeps DMZ project on course
Thriller set up with Transformers producer
CJ backs Cohen for war epic
Picture to be most expensive in Korean movie history
Sunny rises against the machines
Director's cut of Korean drama released today
Sector 7 to launch in digital IMAX
Korean monster movie is 3-D giant screen pioneer
Korea BO shows resilience
First half gain for local films, but Hollywood takes cash prize
Executive shuffles at CJ and Clover
Kim and Mak take new responsibilities
Yeoh deported from Myanmar
The Lady biopic likely cause of ban
CJ expands Cannes slate by eight
Korean giant readies massive line-up, Cannes event
CJ Entertainment in group reorganisation
New E&M structure sets ambitious growth targets
Khan joins Pi, Yeoh joins Besson biopic
MDA bucks given to Bang, CJ Entertainment
Gov't body also unveils more projects from IFF
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.