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May 29, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

China’s Kylin Films is putting up more than half the $40-million budget of the period drama The Moon and the Sun, starring Pierce Brosnan — the biggest financial contribution to a non-studio movie produced outside of mainland China, the British trade publication Screen International reported today (Thursday). Evergrade Pictures, another Chinese company, is contributing an additional $3 million to the film, which is being co-produced by James Pang, who owns 75 percent of Kylin Films, and Bill Mechanic, the former CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Screen provides this capsule description of the plot: “It is about a king (Pierce Brosnan), whose quest for immortality leads him to try and capture the life force of a mermaid (Fan Bingbing), but complications arise when his illegitimate daughter Marie-Josephe (Kaya Scodelario) is brought to his court.” The movie is being filmed primarily in Australia, where it has received a 30-percent tax rebate on the scenes filmed in that country, and in France where the producers reportedly received “unprecedented access” to the Palace of Versailles.