Fortissimo Films Chairman Michael J. Werner and The Weinstein Company's Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein jointly announced that The Weinstein Company has pre-bought North American and South African rights to Fortissimo's Reign of Assassins ("Jianyu Jianghu"). The film was produced by John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2) and Terence Chang (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2) through their Lion Rock Production banner along with Galloping Horse and Media Asia.
Chao-Bin Su (Silk, Better Than Sex) and Woo directed the martial arts epic which is a fast-paced action thriller set in the Ming Dynasty and stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sunshine), as a skilled assassin who falls in love with the son of a man who was killed by her gang. Unaware that he also is a trained martial artist, their love blossoms and then tensions rise as the past comes back to haunt them.
Reign of Assassins is expected to hit theaters in China later this year and The Weinstein Company is currently considering coinciding release dates in North American and South Africa.