Donnie Yen and Zhang Ziyi among talents on Peter Chan’s first streaming slate – Deadline

Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan has launched a production company to focus on streaming content, Changin’ Pictures, with an initial slate of five projects and talents, including action star Donnie Yen and Chinese actress Zhang Ziya.

The new team aims to “revolutionize the streaming multiverse in Asia” by recruiting top filmmakers and new talent from across the region to create drama series for pan-Asian audiences and beyond. Chan also intends to collaborate with platforms and potential co-production partners who wish to enter the expanding streaming market in Asia.

Changin’ Pictures plans to roll out 20 limited series in various genres from across the Asia-Pacific region in its first four years.

The first two projects on the program are Korean series, both adapted from popular webtoons: ONE: High School Heroesproduced by Covenant Pictures (Desperate Mr. X), about a bullied high school student who becomes a hero; and Heesu in class 2produced by Film K (Escape from Mogadisu), presented as a bittersweet romance between two high school students.

Donnie Yen is attached as showrunner to Absolute loser, hidden master, the action star’s first foray into the series, billed as “a reimagining of the martial arts genre in a universe never seen before”. Yen will also play the role of an Asian-American martial artist who, after noticing that some ordinary people in Hong Kong are actually kung fu masters, discovers that martial artists have passed down their lineage by imprinting their memories. and their martial arts skills over the bodies of strangers.

Zhang Ziyi will star in The murderer, a real thriller crime thriller, which will be directed by Chan. Based on a historical case in Shanghai in the 1940s, the series revolves around a woman accused of dismembering her husband and traces events in China from the Japanese occupation and Nationalist government to the birth of a new China.

The first slate also includes an anthology horror series The eyea reboot of the popular horror IP, produced by Thailand’s Banjong Pisanthanakun (pee mak), and directed by other renowned Thai filmmakers, Nattawut Baz Poonpiriya (One for the road), Parkpoom Wongpoom (Shutter) and Wisit Sasanatieng (black tiger tears).

Esther Yeung joins Changin’ Pictures as Chief Operating Officer. She was previously Managing Director, Head of Sales and Distribution at Bill Kong’s Edko Films, where she oversaw the local release of films such as drive my car, Parasite and Shoplifters.

Chan was one of the first Asian filmmakers to push pan-Asian collaboration in the early 2000s through Hong Kong-based company Applause Pictures, which has helmed co-productions and anthologies with filmmakers such as Kim Jee-Woon. , Park Chan-Wook, Takashi Miike, Hur Jin-Ho, Nonzee Nimibutr, the Pang brothers and Fruit Chan.

“I don’t want it to be a Peter Chan business,” Chan said. “We are not a production company for directors. It’s only supported by filmmakers and directed by filmmakers so that we can increase our level of productivity and efficiency. We aspire to be Asia’s most efficient one-stop-shop for international production partners and streaming platforms.

Chan’s directorial credits include Comrades, almost a love story (1996), maybe love (2005), The warlords (2007), Bodyguards and assassins (2009), Wu Xiao (2011), American Dreams in China (2013), Very expensive (2014) and Jump (2020).

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