WARRIORS OF FUTURE Lands On Netflix In December, Leads Chinese-Language Drama Slate
What began as a sizzling hot proof of concept seven years ago as “Virtus”, director Ng Yuen Fai’s hit sci-fi action adventure, Warriors Of Future, has been acquired by Netflix for a December 2 release.
The film stars Louis Koo, whose One Cool Film production banner led the charge in developing the project since its early inception. The film also stars Sean Lau, Carina Lau and Philip Keung, and is set in the year 2055 when Hong Kong assembles a heavily armed military unit to combat the onslaught set by a fast-growing alien vine that purifies Earth’s barren atmosphere while killing everything in its path, unraveling a deadly conspiracy.
The film had been circulating teasers and trailers for several years now while on the market trail while reportedly delayed from a 2019 release to allow time for post-production. The film opened the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival back in August before releasing in several formats including IMAX and becoming a box office hit.
“We went into shooting knowing that there would be many challenges for us to overcome; it wasn’t easy, but Warriors of Future finally came to fruition,” said Ng. “Sci-fi films are few and far between in Asia, and I hope that Warriors of Future can add some new perspective to this genre in the region”.
“Since I was a kid, and even when I started building my career in film, I kept wondering when we can produce a sci-fi film that is original to Asia? I am glad that Warriors of Future has been recognized by many as an iconic Hong Kong sci-fi film and that Netflix will show the world that Hong Kong also has what it takes to create high-caliber CGI,” said Koo.
Netflix’s acquisition of Warriors Of Future also included a raft of four series title dramas in its packaging, namely Taiwanese fantasy series Agent From Above, starring Kai Ko and hailing from Singapore’s mm2 Entertainment and Taiwan’s Good Films Production. Based on the first book of the popular novel series “The Oracle Comes” by Teensy, Donnie Lai directs the series with Good Films’ Rita Chuang serving as lead producer, and explores a universe of gods, monsters, humans, and ghosts, in which a former drug addict is recruited to do the bidding of Chinese god San Tai Zi as redemption for his sins.
Produced by Taipei-based Sequoia Entertainment, it will be directed by Lincoln Lai, LGBTQ+ series The Nipple Talk centers on three friends of different genders and sexual orientations who balance love and lust in their quest for a relationship. The show stars Lin Szu-yu, Bryan Chang, Lu Xia and Kaiser Chuang.
Taiwanese series Copycat Killer is set in 1990s and stars Taipei and follows a prosecutor, his partner and a reporter as they work to catch a serial killer.
Starring are Wu Kang-ren, Alice Ko, Tuo Tsung-hua, Yao Chun-yao, Fandy Fan, Chiang I-jung, Hsia Teng-hung and Ruby Lin, with episodes directed by Chang Jung-chi and Henri Chang, and produced by Hank Tseng.
Tseng also produces the upcoming second season of Mandarin language thriller series, The Victims’ Game, to be directed by David Chuang as cameras roll early next year. The cast will include Joseph Chang and Ann Hsu, and tells of a man’s desperate efforts to prove his innocence in the wake of a murder and to reunite with his estranged daughter.
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