Stan Lee's POW! Teams With China's Linking Star on Five Superhero Films
Former Marvel vice president Bob Sabouni has joined Linking Star as an art consultant on the projects. Startup Chinese film company Linking Star Pictures is partnering with comic book legend Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to develop five superhero films, with former Marvel vice president Bob Sabouni serving as an art consultant on the projects.
Linking Star Pictures is a new joint venture between Beijing Film Co., Beijing Novo United Films Co. and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which acquired Lee's POW! for an undisclosed sum in May.
Lee was retained in the deal as POW!'s chief creative officer.
In addition to the plans with POW!, Linking Star unveiled a development fund Monday to go toward cultivating Chinese superhero IP through a competition series designed to develop young Chinese film talent. The competition will be judged by a panel of local experts, including producer Weimin Wang (Wolf Totem); Dan Yang, vice president of online ticket-selling service Weying; and Yonghong Deng, vp Beijing Film Association, among others.
China’s Linking Star Picture to Develop Superhero Projects From Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment
Newly established Chinese company Linking Star Picture is to develop five superhero figures and associated projects from Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment as well as Chinese superhero movies, with Bob Sabouni, the the former vice president of Marvel, acting as art consultant for Linking Star.
The new Beijing-based company, unveiled Monday in the Chinese capital, is a joint venture by Beijing Film, Beijing Novo United Films, and Hong Kong-based Camsing International, which owns POW! Entertainment. Besides the POW! projects, Linking Star has also set up a fund to groom young talents and Chinese superhero projects.
Among the initiatives is a competition to discover new talent, judged by a panel of experts including Wolf Totem producer Weimin Wang; Dan Yang, vice president of online ticket-selling service Wepiao; and Yonghong Deng, vice president of the Beijing Film Assn. The panel members will also collaborate in the Chinese superhero projects.
Camsing International acquired POW! Entertainment for an undisclosed sum in May. The acquisition included the company’s library of intellectual properties for film, television, games, virtual reality, animation, live events, tours, comics, and publishing. Lee (pictured), who formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) in 2001, remains the company’s chief creative officer.
Beijing Novo United Films was founded in 1996. It has more than 120 theaters with 700 screens and is also a distributor.