‘Captain America’ Directing Duo to Produce Chinese Superhero Film
Joe and Anthony Russo are currently two of the busiest filmmakers around, and in addition to prepping the two-part Avengers: Infinity War (which will undergo a title change), the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War are working on another superhero movie — but this one won’t be for U.S. audiences.
That doesn’t mean we won’t have a chance to see the Russos’ heroic new project, but it definitely isn’t an English-language affair. According to THR, the Russos are partnering with a production company in Beijing to develop a Chinese-language superhero film, capitalizing on the country’s major theatrical market. Back in March, the directing duo formed Anthem & Song, a production company specializing in Chinese-language films, and it’s with this banner that they’re working on the new superhero project — the title of which, translated to English, is A Hero’s Awakening.
China has become one of the biggest box office markets in the world, and will reportedly become the biggest international market next year. Marvel’s films perform very well in China, with Civil War raking in $95.8 million there last week, marking the second-biggest three-day opening for a non-native film.
Anthony Leonardi III will co-direct A Hero’s Awakening with Chinese filmmaker Mushui Feng. Leonardi has a strong background as a concept artist on projects like Game of Thrones and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. Plot details are currently unknown, but the project will be the first in a new franchise trilogy, and will feature a cast made up entirely of Chinese actors.