Underground Resistance (originally 2011)
Originally scheduled for 2011, the project was put on hold later in the year due to unforeseen difficulties in finding a suitable female lead after Zhao Wei pulled out. (read the article below).
Director: Li Xin
Production of time travel romance Underground Resistance 時空地道 has been halted as producers reassess the film's viability following casting and script changes.
The film was revealed at a starry press conference in late December in Tianjin where it received particular attention for marking the return of actress Vicki ZHAO 趙薇 to the big screen after giving birth to a daughter last April.
It was announced that the film would start production in February with Shanghai-based LI Xin 李欣 directing from his own script, a dream project that he had been developing for close to a decade.
The film hit its first speed bump when Zhao pulled out before production began to focus on a 1930s set adventure film opposite Andy Lau (劉德華) and Lin Chih-ling (林志玲). That project is also believed to have stalled.
In late February, Li Xin was replaced by Leon Yang (楊樹鵬), also under contract to Hsu Hsiao-ming's (徐小明) Tempo Films (天寶華映影業投資有限公司) who were co-producing with Huayi Brothers (華誼兄弟傳媒股份有限公司).
Without a leading lady to star opposite Huayi's Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), and with reservations over script changes made by Yang, production of the film has been stopped and it is unlikely to resume this year.
Underground Resistance is not believed to be a victim of the State Administration for Radio, Film & Television's (國家廣播電影電視總局) stronger stance on films using time travel as a plot device that are disrespectful of China's history.
It had been pre-sold in some Asian territories, including Singapore.