China is producing more than 600 feature films a year. 22 new movie screens open there every day. It’s safe to say the movie industry in China is booming. In a logical progression for its international ambitions, the Chinese film business is now aiming to compete more directly with Hollywood — with Chinese studios producing more English-language films and hiring Hollywood stars to work with Chinese stars. The cross-pollination is meant to broaden the appeal and multiply the payday.
Two of China’s leading ladies — Li Bingbing and Fan Bingbing — will appear in such new internationally flavored movies. Li Bingbing, who portrayed Su Yueming in Transformers: Age of Extinction and Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution, will appear next in the China-coproduced action/adventure film Nest with American Kellan Lutz (Hercules, Twilight Saga) and his The Expendables 3 co-star Kelsey Grammer (Frasier). Fan Bingbing, who portrayed mutant Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past, will appear next in the China-produced action/comedy Skiptrace with Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville. Li Bingbing will speak about China’s booming movie industry with 60 Minutes correspondent Holly Williams on April 10 at 7pm on CBS.Up to 70% off on Hottest Amazon Deals]