A while ago it was announced that Chinese mega star Gong Li (who has also been the muse of the celebrated director Zhang Yimou) and Andy Lau will star in a Chinese-language remake of the hit Hollywood romantic comedy, What Women Want. In the original movie Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt were holding the leading roles.
A couple of months ago, Beijing-based Polybona Film Distribution Co said in a statement that it bought the remake rights from Paramount Pictures and cast the two veterans actors, Gong Li and Andy Lau, in the $100 million Chinese yuan ($20 million SGD) production.
Andy will play an advertising executive who develops the ability to listen to women’s thoughts and Gong Li will play a creative director. The director and writer of the remake will be Chen Daming and it is said that the film wil be released on a day close to next year’s Valentine’s Day. During an interview, when Chen Daming was asked why he cast Gong Li in the female leading role, he answered, “I wanted to bring out more strength in the female character to reflect what’s happening in China. Chinese women are leading giant businesses today and winning most of our Olympic gold medals. Gong Li has the presence to convey this strength.”
The movie is being filmed in Beijing.
Miss China: It is interesting to see how a romantic comedy based on an American film will do in China. I believe that Chen Daming will manage to bring out the right emotions as well as a sense of humor. On another note, I really like both Andy Lau and Gong Li and I feel that they were the right people to get cast into the movie. What do you guys think about the movie? Hot or not?