Ron Howard working on Chinese TV drama

Ron Howard and his business partner Brian Grazer are involved with upcoming Chinese-language drama Mindscaping.

Ron Howard and his business partner Brian Grazer are involved with upcoming Chinese-language drama Mindscaping.

Imagine Television Group is working with Endeavor China to develop the 24-part sci-fi series that will follow a crime syndicate that uses mind control to consolidate its power over a city.

Ron Howard working on Chinese TV drama
China

“We are thrilled to be developing Imagine’s first Chinese-language series,” said Howard and Grazer in a statement.

“We look forward to collaborating with local Chinese writers to seamlessly blend storytelling styles that speak to both Eastern and Western audiences.”

The Imagine deal continues the trend of Hollywood producers investing in the Chinese industry to co-create local content rather than attempting to film wholly Western shoots in Chinese locations.

Co-productions between China and Hollywood have had mixed financial fortunes in the past, but shark attack thriller The Meg was a big success story last year.

The film, which featured Chinese actress Bingbing Li in a co-starring role and shot scenes on the Chinese resort island of Hainan, delivered international box-office of $530m.

KFTV recently talked to Tommie Curran, former director of production at Wanda Studios Qingdao, about the future of international production in China - for more click here.

Main page image: iStock.com/Sean Pavone; Image: FreeImages.com/Gary Tamin

Ron Howard working on Chinese TV drama
China

Ron Howard and his business partner Brian Grazer are involved with upcoming Chinese-language drama Mindscaping.

Imagine Television Group is working with Endeavor China to develop the 24-part sci-fi series that will follow a crime syndicate that uses mind control to consolidate its power over a city.

“We are thrilled to be developing Imagine’s first Chinese-language series,” said Howard and Grazer in a statement.

“We look forward to collaborating with local Chinese writers to seamlessly blend storytelling styles that speak to both Eastern and Western audiences.”

The Imagine deal continues the trend of Hollywood producers investing in the Chinese industry to co-create local content rather than attempting to film wholly Western shoots in Chinese locations.

Co-productions between China and Hollywood have had mixed financial fortunes in the past, but shark attack thriller The Meg was a big success story last year.

The film, which featured Chinese actress Bingbing Li in a co-starring role and shot scenes on the Chinese resort island of Hainan, delivered international box-office of $530m.

KFTV recently talked to Tommie Curran, former director of production at Wanda Studios Qingdao, about the future of international production in China - for more click here.

Main page image: iStock.com/Sean Pavone; Image: FreeImages.com/Gary Tamin

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