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Viacom18 Motion Pictures pulls out of Chinese co-production ‘Kung-Fu Yoga’

MUMBAI: Viacom18’s movie studio Viacom18 Motion Pictures has pulled out of the co-production film ‘Kung-Fu Yoga’ between India and China.

A year ago, the movie studio had joined hands with China’s Taihe Entertainment Corporation and Shinework Media to announce the first Indo-Chinese co-production film as part of an audio-visual co-production treaty signed by the two countries earlier in 2014.

‘Kung Fu Yoga’ stars martial-arts legend Jackie Chan and Indian actor Sonu Sood among others and is directed by Stanley Tong. Shooting has started in Dubai, and the film is expected to include fight scenes as well as a Bollywood-style dance number, mention reports.

Viacom18 head of international business Gayatri Gulati told the Wall Street Journal, “We called it off because we couldn’t agree on the terms.”

The report in the daily stated that Viacom18 wasn’t ready to invest in the film as it felt it wasn’t getting enough say in how it was being made.

However, in a statement, Viacom18 said, “We had every intent to collaborate with ‘Kung Fu Yoga.’ However things didn’t work out as planned. But we are optimistic about more such partnerships in the future.”

Citing sources, the Hollywood Reporter mentioned that Viacom18 exited the film after the Chinese production companies signed the lesser-known Sood who has appeared in supporting roles in Bollywood films like last year’s ‘Happy New Year’ starring Shah Rukh Khan.

Chinese Premiere Xi Jingping’s 2014 visit to India saw the signing of the co-production treaty which was followed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to China in May.

PM Modi’s visit saw the announcement of another co-production project ‘Monk Zuang Xang’, collaboration between Indian entertainment major Eros International and China’s state-owned production company Chinese Film Corporation.

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