New Bigfoot Movie Being Produced As China Unbans "Monster" Movies
Among their strange ban on certain movie genres like "Time Traveling" for instance, "Monster" movies are now unbanned again in China. Chinese film regulators originally started out their ban on "vulgar" movies, but later they stepped it up and included horror movies as well. They're also not too keen on any type of superstition either. This could all be changing now.
The astounding lack of monster genre film caught the attention of a Dutch filmaker named René Seegers who plans on throwing in about $2.4 million into a new movie called "Bigfoot". According to Oscar winning makeup design artist Chris Walas, it's always been his dream to bring the Yeren story to life. The film will be shot mostly in the Chinese Shennongjia Nature Reserve, the home of the Yeren.
"China needs genre films," said Seegers. "They don't have the technique. Chris Walas' expertise is completely lacking here. The Yeren he's designing is not just an ape suit. It's a suit whose parts can move complexly, like 'Planet of the Apes.' Together with modern compositing and CGI, the U.S. side is capable of making this more real than the Chinese side at the moment."
Seegers said "Bigfoot" initially will cost about $2.4 million. It will be shot with some Chinese dialogue and the filmmakers have made an offer to actor Wentworth Miller, who is hugely popular in China because of widespread piracy of the "Prison Break" television series.
The forest where Wiley will shoot was granted state-level protection in 1999, but state media reports say it lies in one of the nation's poorest areas. At the news conference Tuesday, Wiley thanked officials from the Shennongjia Tourism Board and the Hubei Communist Party.
"Our Yeren is going to be the protector of the forest rather than the violent beast seen in typical Bigfoot movies," he said. "We're exploring the dual nature of the creature, sitting on the razor's edge between man and animal. The film will show the delicate balance between nature and civilization."
While we can't wait for another Bigfoot movie to hit our shores, our question about all this is: Can a $2.4 million budget ever look as good as Syfy's Bigfoot movie? Only kidding!