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Weinstein Co. Snaps Up Wong Kar Wai Berlin Opener 'The Grandmaster'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2013 at 1:36PM

Wasting no time, the Weinstein Company snapped all rights in the US and English speaking Canadian territories from financeer Annapurna to Wong Kar Wai's Berlin opening night martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," as well as rights to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK from Wild Bunch.
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"The Grandmaster"
"The Grandmaster"

Wasting no time, the Weinstein Company snapped all rights in the US and English speaking Canadian territories from financeer Annapurna to Wong Kar Wai's Berlin opening night martial arts epic "The Grandmaster," as well as rights to Australia, New Zealand, and the UK from Wild Bunch.

"The Grandmaster" was well-received by the press at advance screenings (here's Indiewire's review) and has already grossed $50 million at the box office in China making it the director’s highest-grossing career best. Written by Wong, Zou Jingzhi, and Xu Haofeng, the film is executive produced by Megan Ellison, and produced by Jacky Pang and Wong Kar Wai.

Set in 1930’s China and inspired by the life of Bruce Lee mentor IP Man (frequent Wong collaborator Tony Leung Chiu Wai), the story focuses on two kung fu masters, IP Man, and Gong Er, on the night of the Japanese invasion in 1936.  The ensemble cast also includes Zhang Yiyi ("Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon") along with hundreds of Asia’s top martial artists.

Wong said:

“I am pleased to continue our long-time and multi picture collaboration with TWC on THE GRANDMASTER. With Harvey’s expertise and his passion for this genre, I am confident that he and his team will reach new heights with THE GRANDMASTER by cultivating hardcore action fans as well as exciting and pleasing those long time fans of my films.”    

This article is related to: Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Berlin International Film Festival, The Weinstein Co.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.