Director John Woo, who has primarily relocated from Hollywood to Asia, will next make the World War II drama “Flying Tigers” as a combination movie-television miniseries in China.
The production, announced in Shanghai this week, will be co-financed by Holland’s Cyrte Investments and China Film Group, with filming set to begin early next year.
The production, based on the true story of an American who trained the Chinese to fly fighter planes against Japanese invaders, and produced by Woo’s longtime partner Terence Chang, will yield a two-part feature and a six-hour miniseries, the companies said.
Chinese moviegoers will see the two-part feature while audiences in other countries will see the miniseries. This isn't a precedent for the director. Woo’s “Red Cliff” in 2008 was released as two-part movie in China but a single film in the United States.