When it comes to cinema, the U.S. and China seem to be developing a shared vision.
This was further made evident by the Walt Disney Company's announcement Monday that it will co-produce and distribute “Iron Man 3" in China.
The newly-formed international partnership is between The Walt Disney Company China, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment of Beijing, according to a press release.
Disney said in the statement that DMG will co-produce the movie in the country but didn't specify which scenes from the Shane Black-helmed action film - starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle - would be shot overseas.
"The co-production of 'Iron Man 3' in China is testimony to the importance of this audience to Disney and the local industry capability to deliver a blockbuster title," the Managing Director of Walt Disney Greater China, Stanley Cheung, said in the statement.
Marvel Studios' exec Rob Steffens added that they're "confident that Marvel’s stories will continue to be enjoyed by Chinese audiences, and adding a local flavor, and working with our new local partner, will enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters in China’s fast-growing film marketplace."
The collaboration makes dollars and sense: Over the weekend, the 3-D re-release of "Titanic" made $67 million at the Chinese box office, giving it the best opening gross of all-time in the country, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The staggering return has given the shipwreck classic a revenue boost, and it has now grossed $2 billion in its second week out internationally.
Production on "Iron Man 3" is set to start in the U.S. next month and in China in late summer, with a release date scheduled for May, 2013.
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tis is going to be intesting, Stark VS Foxxconn, Iron man VS. revers engineered Lron man
The chinese thieves will still pirate the movie.
I will be taking on Ironman....Ironman couldn't handle the Dragon Warrior or even the Furious Five!
Money, money, money.
China? It will be on boot-leg DVD by Christmas.
You all are really missing the incredibly hilarious irony of this. Tony Stark was shot and then captured by the red Chinese, then forced in to laboring for one of their regional communist warlords. That's why he created the Iron Man armour to begin with, to fight against the red Chinese and escape! Now he's been delivered right back in to their hands, all for cash. What a lack of ethics or backbone. Jack Kirby is STILL rolling over in his grave.
And all ya'll are some racist MF's, BTW.
It's because the major villain people have been clamoring for is the Mandarin, who is a Chinese super-villain. I can't wait!
the real reason it's in China is because the union scale for actors over there is 2 fish heads & a bowl of rice.
the Rodent Empire--screwing America one franchise at a time.
Wow. We went from superpower to China’s beetch in one administration? I understand that the interest payments alone on Obama’s debt will soon exceed US gross domestic product, and China owns our debt so they own our North Korea policy, they own us, we’re their beetch, but this is ridiculous. Can’t we at least make a fantasy movie that pretends the US is still a force to be reckoned with? Or is this movie a harbinger of the future, where we’re being conditioned to be subservient beetch’s to the master Obama sold us to?
I wonder how the unionized Screen Actors Guild feels about being outsourced to China. Vote for Obama now, beetchs?
Relax, "WanHungLo." I will save us all.
You are not very bright, are you? This has nothing to do with politics. It has everything to do with making money. There is a huge market for anything American in China. They have a huge viewing market, too, wouldn't you think? Makes sense for these companies to work together. Maybe some of the shots for the pic need specific scenery. Guess you won't know unless you see the movie when it comes out.
Wow, I guess the Chinese aren't the only ones that use revisionist history. GW is the one in charge that put us in the toilet. The current president kept a recession from becoming a depression.
You do realize the very nature of outsourcing started with republicans and big business. Understand you don't like Obama, however, on this one your merely showing your ignorance! Try another topic.
Aaaasnd I am fiiiiiiiiiirsty. Firsty for fried potatoes and KFC chucked skin. FIIIIRSTY.
my auto spell check word corrector thing stinks.
I am Cro Magnon. Fear my wraith. I have defeated Captain America and Iron Man.
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