Paramount to produce another ‘Monkey King’ film



Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures is next in line to milk millions out of the never-ending Journey to the West franchise with yet another adaptation of The Monkey King.

The studio is partnering up with Beijing‘s Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment to release a 3D movie based on Wu Chen-en‘s classic novel Journey to the West. Countless adaptations of the literary fantasy exist in China, but this version will be similar to the popular 1980s TV series and will include actors from the series.

Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, announced the news on Wednesday while in Beijing. Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson has signed on to produce the film and Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in the TV version, has been confirmed to take part in the project as well.

I told the American friends that the Monkey King should not have a [romantic]relationship,” the actor was quoted as saying in a Wall Street Journal report. “This film will not twist the original story.”

Hong Kong director Pou Soi Cheang‘s 3D version of The Monkey King raked in 167 million USD in China last year, making it the third-highest grossing film in 2014, and a sequel starring Gong Li is set to hit theaters early next year. Those who need more Journey to the West to tide them over until the next one can look forward to US network AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama “Badlands“, which will be loosely based on the tale and broadcast sometime in late 2015.

“Fast & Furious 6” helmer Justin Lin to direct “Star Trek 3”

Justin Lin Directing Star Trek 3


Justin Lin is boarding the USS Enterprise and will direct the third installment in Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise.

The hiring of Lin came two weeks after Roberto Orci backed away from the directing gig.

Orci had been hired for the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Abrams directed the first two “Star Trek” reboots in 2009 and 2013.

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. is producing along with Orci and Abrams. Paramount has not yet set a release date for “Star Trek 3″ but speculation has emerged that the studio will release the film in 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the original “Star Trek” series on TV.

Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.

Lin directed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Last year’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide, including $229 million domestically.