The sometimes verbally aggressive Chinese producer Feng Xiaogang cut the red ribbon on China’s first movie theme park outside the city of Haikou on June 7. The Movie Town theme park will feature three streets that recreate the sets seen in his biggest hits, reports SCMP.
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The project is set to cost US$300 million and is being developed through a partnership between the filmmaker, the Mission Hills Group – owners of the sprawling 10-course golf complex next door – and one of the mainland’s most successful film studios, Huayi Brothers.
The public relations puff says the aim is to attract about five million visitors a year and the property is one of a number of projects being fully supported by the local government as it seeks to expand Hainan’s attractions.
The mainland’s commercial cinema market has grown during the past decade to the point where it is set – within the next five years – to become the world’s largest, with estimated yearly takings of more than US$11 billion.
The theme park and studio complex is a natural progression both for the film industry and for himself, Feng says later. “Chinese cinema is growing and has become more important. We need to make more films and give our audiences more opportunities to enjoy being part of Chinese cinema.”
This project crossed Feng’s mind years ago after paying a visit to the Paramount studios. He hoped China would one day get its own movie theme park.
That’s just the beginning. China is planning to cough up over 23.8 billion USD to build 59 theme parks by 2020, according to Want China Times.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via SCMP]