films that will feature leading international martial arts superstars. The company has begun working on three films that will be made for direct-to-DVD release, however some may also be released theatrically. The Weinstein Company will distribute the Qi films on DVD
The Weinstein Company, internationally acclaimed director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and prolific producer Tony Krantz (24) have formed the new martial arts label Qi (pronounced 'Chee') to produce the next generation of sophisticated, high-quality, English language martial arts films that will feature leading international martial arts superstars. The company has begun working on three films that will be made for direct-to-DVD release, however some may also be released theatrically. The Weinstein Company will distribute the Qi films on DVD and will present them under the Dragon Dynasty Label through Genius Products, Inc., TWC's exclusive home video distributor. Co-producing the projects are Zack Sherman and Andrew Loo for Krantz's Flame Ventures and Lau's Initial A, respectively. The joint announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, Andrew Lau and Tony Krantz.
Qi, named after the Chinese phrase for spiritual energy and life force, unites some of Hollywood's leading producers with Asia's most dynamic filmmakers and is part of the Weinsteins' commitment to share Asian films with audiences across the world. Premier Asian filmmaker Andrew Lau and innovative producer Tony Krantz will work with emerging Asian talent, the next generation of martial arts stars and the dynamic fight choreographer David Leitch's 87 Eleven Action Film Co. (300, The Matrix 2 and 3) to create a unique mix of realistic and visually aggressive films filled with state of the art fight scenes for a growing worldwide legion of fans.
Harvey Weinstein stated, "As film lovers, my brother and I have always recognized and appreciated the artistic and commercial potential of Asian cinema. We are thrilled to be working with Andrew Lau and Tony Krantz to help breathe new life into the martial arts genre as we continue to build both the Qi and the already strong Dragon Dynasty brand."
Tony Krantz stated, "Andrew and I wanted to make martial arts films with the next, new generation of international action superstars, writers and directors. Asia has risen in every way-economically, culturally and creatively, and this new label of films will emphasize story, character and thrilling action-all set against this extraordinarily exciting and colorful Asian backdrop. Harvey Weinstein and Barry Gordon have helped make this label of films-shot in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Macau-into a real home for the world's best international martial arts talent. It's just an absolute pleasure to be in business with The Weinstein Company for the birth of Qi."
Krantz continued, "A foundation of the Qi collection of movies will be carefully constructed scripts written by top U.S. writers, which will emphasize character, humor where appropriate, and real stories full of twists and turns."
Andrew Lau stated, "This collaboration represents a new era in world cinema. We have an opportunity here to create a unique blend of East meets West, with English language scripts being shot by exciting up and coming directors from Asia and elsewhere. What Tony and I hope to achieve through Qi is not just the creation of the next generation of action stars, but a new genre within cinema, one that blends cutting edge martial arts with Asian filmmaking know-how and first class scripts for a modern, international audience. I want to thank The Weinstein Company for supporting this new direction in filmmaking."