Production for ’1965′ to start after mid-year: Film director Lee Thean-jeen

10Mar12

More promises, but little actual progress on the long-pending 1965 movie projectYahoo News:

Production for the widely-anticipated film about former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is likely to start after the middle of this year, says its director Lee Thean-jeen.

Speaking to Yahoo! Singapore in an interview on Tuesday, Lee said that the script for the film 1965: The Beginning is still in its development stages and has not been finalised, so precise dates have yet to be set.

“The script is currently still being developed, so I think (once it’s done) we will chart the progress… they’re not expecting to go into production until the later half of this year,” said Lee. The film’s main production company, Homerun Asia, initially planned to start work on the movie at the end of last year and release it this August, according to media reports.

He revealed little when asked about possible cast and actors to fill the various key roles in the film, saying, “I don’t think all that will be settled until the script itself is,” declining to share his thoughts on the work-in-progress script, the latest draft of which he says he has not seen. …

Homerun Asia announced publicly last year its plans for 1965: The Beginning, which will be shot in Singapore, Malaysia and China, and will carry a price tag of $6 million.

The film is a political thriller set in the year of Singapore’s independence, and will centre around Lee Kuan Yew and his struggle for the country’s freedom. Overseen by Homerun CEO Daniel Yun and with involvement from acclaimed director Peter Chan, its production team includes local Singaporean music producers Lee Wei Song and Lee Si Song, as well as local fashion designer Lai Chan, who will take charge of costume and set design.

 

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