Hollywood’s Paramount Pictures is next in line to milk millions out of the never-ending Journey to the West franchise with yet another adaptation of The Monkey King.
The studio is partnering up with Beijing Ruyi Xinxin Film Investment to release a 3D movie based on Wu Chen-en’s classic novel Journey to the West. Countless adaptations of the literary fantasy exist in China, but this version will be similar to the popular 1980s TV series and will include actors from the series.
Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, announced the news on Wednesday while in Beijing. Oscar-winning producer Mark Johnson has signed on to produce the film and Zhang Jinlai, who played the Monkey King in the TV version, has been confirmed to take part in the project as well.
“I told the American friends that the Monkey King should not have a [romantic]relationship,” the actor was quoted as saying in a Wall Street Journal report. “This film will not twist the original story.”
Hong Kong director Pou Soi Cheang’s 3D version of The Monkey King raked in 167 million USD in China last year, making it the third-highest grossing film in 2014, and a sequel starring Gong Li is set to hit theaters early next year. Those who need more Journey to the West to tide them over until the next one can look forward to US network AMC’s upcoming martial arts drama “Badlands”, which will be loosely based on the tale and broadcast sometime in late 2015.