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English-language love story plans China filming

A new English-language film described as an action love story will likely be shot on location in China as a US-China co-production.

Edge of the World is being made by US producer The Mark Gordon Company and the Koch Company, with financing from Chinese studio the Pegasus Media Group and the state-run China Film Group.

The film is based on the true story of New York socialite Ruth Harkness, who in the mid-1930s travelled to China to complete her late husband’s expedition to bring a panda back to the US.

“Edge of the World whisks audiences away on a gripping journey around the world, and we are fortunate to lend even greater authenticity to the story by filming in China and its beautiful settings,” said Gordon in a statement. 

Having official co-production status enables films to bypass China’s strict annual quota on the number of foreign movies released in the country each year. American production companies and studios are increasingly making deals with the Chinese to get better access to the domestic market.

“We believe co-production is the best approach for US and Chinese filmmakers to take advantage of this huge market opportunity considering China's current import quota system,” said Jianjun ‘Jay’ Sun, producer and president of Pegasus Media Group in Beijing.

“Edge of the World has the potential to become a successful model for future US-China co-productions.”

English-language historical fantasy The Great Wall, scheduled for release in early 2017, was filmed in China and has become the largest ever US-China co-production. 

In the last few weeks, US directors Anthony and Joe Russo have set up a new studio to nurture Chinese filmmaking talent. Elsewhere, a joint venture between Warner Bros. and China Media Capital will see US hits being remade for the Chinese market. 

For more on filming in China see our production guide.