What do movies like beauty pageant comedy Miss Congeniality and family vacation film Blended have in common? Each are about to get Chinese-language makeovers as part of a rollout of China-made films from Flagship Entertainment, a joint venture between Warner Bros., China Media Capital, and Hong Kong broadcaster TVB.
Flagship Entertainment announced Wednesday during a press conference in Hong Kong that it plans to make 12 projects, a mix of original titles and reboots. As first reported by Variety, the film slate — a mix of sci-fi, rom-com and action titles — reveals a solid peek at Warner’s strategy in China.
EW has confirmed that upcoming films include action-disaster film MEG, period crime drama Murder of the Husband, rom-com When Larry Meets Mary, and financial drama Chinese Wall Street, alongside remakes including the 2014 Drew Barrymore/Adam Sandler comedy Blended and 2000’s Sandra Bullock-starrer Miss Congeniality.
News of Flagship Entertainment’s slate comes a week after The Mermaid became the first movie to earn $500 million at the Chinese box office. As China’s highest grossing film, the comedy helped propel Chinese movie gross $1.05 billion in February — a record-breaking figure which helped China officially surpass North American box office revenues for the first time in film history.