Iron Man 3: Disney partners Chinese company
Walt Disney Co said it would co-produce its next Iron Man movie with a Chinese partner in Hollywood's latest effort to forge closer ties with China's fast-growing film industry.
Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, will begin filming this year, Walt Disney and its Chinese partner DMG Entertainment said. They said DMG will jointly produce the movie in China but gave no indication what parts might be filmed in this country.
"We know Chinese audiences love Iron Man. So we are going to add Chinese elements and a Chinese story into Iron Man 3," Disney's general manager for Greater China, Stanley Cheung, said at a news conference.
Disney and Beijing-based DMG said the Chinese company will invest in Iron Man 3 but gave no details.
DMG Entertainment is a unit of DMG, an advertising and media company founded in 1993 by three partners, two Chinese and one American.
The company co-produced the science fiction thriller Looper, due to be released this year, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. It includes scenes filmed in Shanghai.
"This cooperation will be very important to both countries, China and the United States," said Dan Mintz, DMG's CEO and a cofounder. "This film will be shot together with Chinese partners." - AP
Published April 17, 2012