EFM 2016: First Look At Man-Eating Arachnid Thriller NEST

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Production is now underway on the biggest ever budgeted Chinese-Australian co-production NEST, starring Li Bingbing, Kellan Lutz, Kelsey Grammer, Stef Dawson, Shane Jacobson and Wu Chun. Head inside for the details and to check out the first images released.

From the Press Release:

BERLIN (February 11, 2016) Filming is underway at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast, Australia, on the 3-D movie NEST, starring Chinese superstar Li Bingbing. Stef Dawson (THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 1 & 2), Chinese popstar and actor Wu Zun and Australian star Shane Jacobson (THE DRESSMAKER, ODDBALL, KENNY) have joined the stellar cast, which also includes Kellan Lutz (THE TWILIGHT SAGA, EXPENDABLES 3) and Kelsey Grammer (TRANSFORMERS, ENTOURAGE, NEIGHBORS 2).

Li Bingbing’s most recent film, ZHONGKUI: SNOW GIRL AND THE DARK CRYSTAL, on which Arclight Films holds worldwide sales rights, earned $80M in China last year and she is best known internationally for her work in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION and DETECTIVE DEE: MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME.

NEST revolves around a team of scientists who while making the discovery of the century lose a colleague in an ancient labyrinth. The group must battle their way through a swarm of deadly, man-eating funnel web spiders and discover the secret behind the arachnids’ power and intelligence – before it’s too late.

NEST, the biggest-ever-budgeted Chinese Australian co-production feature, is director Kimble Rendall’s first 3-D film since BAIT 3D, which made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and became the highest grossing and most successful Australian film in the history of Chinese cinema.

Producers include Gary Hamilton, Ying Ye and Mark Lazarus, Serena Deng and Li Bingbing. Executive Producers include Mike Gabrawy, Elliot Tong, Todd Fellman, Shi Guirong and Chen Guoxing.

NEST is the largest Chinese-Australian co-production to date, with investment funding from Screen Australia and Screen Queensland, and features an award-winning team both in front of and behind the camera.  . Visual FX will be created by Cutting Edge and the world renowned, Oscar-Winning CG House, Rising Sun Pictures, whose impressive resume includes films from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST to THE GREAT GATSBY.

Darclight, the edgy genre-driven label of Arclight Films, is handling worldwide sales. Territories already sold include Square One – Germany, Italia – Middle East, Aqua Pinema – Turkey, Viswaas – India, Pioneer – Philippines, Galaxy – Vietnam, Colorful Garden – Myanmar, Cinemaxx – Indonesia, Sahamongkol – Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and and Label – Australia and New Zealand.

NEST is produced in partnership with Loongs United Investment Company Ltd. Founded in 2010, Loongs is a Beijing-based based company actively engaged in film and TV investments in China, and was responsible for the Chinese distribution of JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT as well as REDEMPTION starring Jason Statham, among other projects.

Li Bingbing is repped by Darren Boghosian at UTA, Fundamental Management and attorney Karl Austen. Kellan Lutz is repped by Chris Fioto at WME and Ryan Daly of Zero Gravity Management. Kelsey Grammer is repped by UTA and Brian Sher.

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