After a four-year break from directing, John Woo is now shooting his new Titanic-esque flick The Crossing in Beijing, China.
The Face Off and Mission: Impossible II director has gone for a script proven to work – people disastrously trying to cross the ocean in a big boat. It will be based on three couples attempting to sail the South China Sea from China to Taiwan in 1949, while trying to escape Mao Zedong’s communist revolution.
The £26.8 million budget of the two-part movie doesn’t quite match James Cameron’s £134 million for Titanic, but Woo has managed to enlist some hard-hitting Asian A-listers into the mix, including Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Takeshi Kaneshiro (House of Flying Daggers) and Song Hye Kyo (The Grandmaster).
Production credits will go to Woo and Terence Chang, of Lion Rock Productions. “We are not shooting the foreign actors yet, and we are still adding on names,” Chang explained to Variety magazine.
Woo is also creating Flying Tigers, about a volunteer fighter squadron assembled to help the Chinese fight the Japanese in WWII, the movie is due for release in 2014.