Investor confirms it has pulled out of Jackie Chan movie filming in Dubai
Spokesperson for Viacom18 says it is optimistic about more such partnerships in the future
Arabian Business staff
One of the financial backers behind the Jackie Chan movie currently filming in Dubai has confirmed that it has pulled out of the Kung Fu Yoga film that is currently being filmed in Dubai.
The Wall Street Journal reported at the weekend Viacom18, a joint venture between US entertainment company Viacom and India’s Network18 Media & Investments, had pulled out of funding Jackie Chan's 'Kung Fu Yoga' movie project, claiming it couldn’t agree terms.
In a statement to Arabian Business, a spokesperson for Viacom18 said while the project didn’t work out, they were hopeful of collaborating with the movie's producers on projects in the future.
“We had every intent to collaborate with Kung Fu Yoga. However things didn’t work out as planned. But we are optimistic about more such partnerships in the future,” a company spokesperson said.
Viacom18 was reportedly set to provide a third of the funding for the film, which is also backed by two Chinese companies, Taihe Entertainment Corp. and Shinework Media.
Shooting for the movie is well underway in Dubai, with various scenes shot at the Atlantis Hotel, the Palm, parts of Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Lake Towers. The cast and are expected to remain in the emirate until this weekend, October 30.
The movie, with an estimated $60 million budget, is expected to combine the film traditions of China and India, and include fights scenes as well as some Bollywood-style dancing.