Production suspended on Giddens Ko movie
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-13 05:00 PM
Noted author Giddens Ko has announced that preparations for his second "Kung Fu" film have been suspended and the start of shooting will be set back by about half of year due to unforeseen problems and mounting costs. Ko posted a large photo of members of the production staff on his website along with a message promising that “We heroes will be back!”

Ko, who is serving as both the producer and director for the film, has disclosed that he spent more than NT$4 million last year filming his first effort at "Kung Fu." He notes that the second film will include the use of a lot of special effects technology, saying that the extra costs are pushing the projected total budget toward the NT$100 million mark. Ko says he is not free to discuss the reasons for calling a halt to preparations for filming, explaining, “I can only say that we are currently encountering insurmountable problems, they are not very serious but they will take time."

Ko said preparation for the movie began in March this year, with the start of shooting set for October. With the delay, however, shooting is now expected to begin in March of 2015. Ko said the film has solid financial backing but the sources of funding will not be disclosed. He emphasized that staff are being paid and costs are under control, and promised that when finished the film will be "the biggest movie ever made in Taiwan."

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