“The Nest,” produced by Australian Arclight Films, is set to be biggest 3D film co-production ever made by Chinese and Australian companies. Kimble Rendall is directing the Action/Thriller/Sci-fi blockbuster, and it is reported that a Chinese actress will be starring as well, as working as producer for the film.
Li Bingbing made her Hollywood action movie debut in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” last year. Well, just to clarify, she can only be seen in one scene of the film produced specially for Chinese cinemas, so you may have missed out on that if you watched the film outside the PRC. She also starred in “Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal” earlier this year, a film that China Daily reports has grossed $80 million in China. Despite the popularity of “Zhongkui” in China, it only earned a measly $165,428 in the USA.
Ying Ye, managing director of Easternlight and producer of “The Nest” said, “We are excited to be working with the extremely talented Li Bingbing again, who is already a superstar in China and has a very broad appeal worldwide, winning the hearts of audiences as well as top box office numbers.”
Elliot Tong, head of Asian sales and acquisitions for Arclight Films, also had some positive remarks to make, “‘The Nest’ is the first sci-fi thriller of its kind to be approved as a Chinese co-production…The unrelenting script does justice to the genre and convinced the censors that now is the perfect time for it. We are poised to make a groundbreaking movie that will set a trend for a fresh, new breed of co-productions in China that work internationally.”
However, whether the film will live up to its promoters praise and surpass the 1988 American creature feature horror film of the same name—in which a biological experiment goes haywire when meat-eating mutant roaches invade an island community, terrorizing a peaceful New England fishing village—and take the title as the best “The Nest” movie ever made is still anyone’s guess.
by Daniel Cunningham