Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters set for North American release
Annapurna Productions gained the North American rights to the martial arts movie
by Grace Li
Date Published: 02/18/2011
The Grandmasters. Photo courtesy of BeyondHollywood.com
Wong Kar Wai's upcoming epic, The Grandmasters, which centers on Ip Man, Bruce Lee's mentor, will get a North American release. With a grand cast featuring Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen and Song Hye-gyo, The Grandmaster was acquiree by Annapurna Productions by way of its CEO, heiress Megan Ellison. While The Grandmasters is still under production, Wong Kar-Wai screened a ten-minute trailer of his latest work at Berlinale. This caught the attention of several companies including Weinstein, Focus Searchlight, Sony, and Focus Features. However, it was Ellison that eventually sealed the deal through Annapurna Productions. A well known Hong Kong filmmaker, this is Wong's first foray with a kung fu film.