With the ambition and foresight to expand and diversify the Hong Kong film industry, Louis Koo (古天樂) has dedicated an immense amount of time, money, and effort in groundbreaking projects. His production company, One Cool Group, released Warriors of Future <明日戰記>, which is currently streaming on Netflix. As Hong Kong’s first foray in sci-fi action films, Warriors of Future achieved widespread success and was praised for its advanced visual effects.
Speaking with the Hollywood entertainment news online platform, Deadline, Louis shared plans for his production company to expand into Hollywood. Next steps have already been taken, as One Cool Group has already invested in two Hollywood animation films – The Mitchells vs. The Machines and Vivo.
Hoping for additional investment prospects in Hollywood films, Louis’ primary goal is to create films that would enhance the Hong Kong film industry’s use of new technology, such as virtual production and AI techniques. He expressed, “Currently, Hong Kong does not have any virtual production stages. This technology can improve the production of science fiction films. Our goal is not only to produce sci-fi films, but to explore and embrace the technology itself. If it turns out that building a virtual set stage in Hong Kong is not cost-effective, then we will fly to the United States or Australia for shooting.”
In addition to the major goal of expanding to Hollywood, one of Louis’ smaller-scale goals is to cultivate new Hong Kong directors and actors. “Right now, Hong Kong is in need of discovering new screenwriters and directors. Although the Hong Kong film industry was brilliant in the past, it has not grown to cater to the younger generation, who are not interested in internationally renowned genres of action or crime films. We want to develop films that are more relatable to their lifestyles and experiences.”
On whether he worries about the pandemic negatively affecting his goals, Louis remains positive, “The Hong Kong film industry has reached its lowest point, so it’s time to start rebounding. It is the most suitable time right now to explore different genres and try out different things. We can’t go back to repeating the same old formula over and over again.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.