LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Sony Pictures and China Film Co. Ltd. are developing a Chinese remake of P.J. Hogan's romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding and setting it for release in China on Valentine's Day 2016.
The film will star Shu Qi (Gone With The Bullets), Feng Shaofeng (Wolf Totem), Song Qian (My New Sassy Girl) and Ye Qing (Man of Tai Chi). Alexi Tan (Blood Brothers) will direct and produce with his company, Play Productions.
Shooting is set to begin in late July in London, Italy and Beijing.
Sony's original 1997 film starred Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett. It was a major hit with worldwide grosses of US$300 million.
The remake will center on a pair of journalists -- male and female -- who have grown up together as best friends. The man falls in love with a wealthy Chinese girl who has been studying in the U.K, and asks his female friend to be his "best man." The female friend realises that she loves him, not just as a friend, and sets out for London a few days before the wedding determined to win him back.
Tan, who studied in London and at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, began his career directing TV commercials, music videos and producing content for luxury brands. His 2007 film Blood Brothers, executive produced by John Woo and Terence Chang, was selected as the closing night film at the Venice International Film Festival.
The script for the remake of My Best Friend's Wedding was written by Hong Jiu, Fu Linran and Alexi Tan.
"We are delighted to be collaborating with Columbia Pictures on this exciting remake of what has become an international comedy classic," said Ling Hong of China Film Co.
Columbia Pictures is in post-production on director Chen Kaige's dark comedy Monk Comes Down the Mountain, starring Wang Baoqiang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Chiling Lin, VanNess Wu and Fan Wei. It's scheduled for release on July 3.
The studio also co-produced Kung Fu Hustle in 2004 and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.
Watch the original Movie Show review for My Best Friend's Wedding below