Movie posters designed by artist Huang Hai, including for The Sun Also Rises, Big Fish & Begonia Shoplifters, Dying to Survive, Tai-Chi 0, The Ghouls, My Neighbor Totoro, Ashe is the Purest White Shadow, Hidden Man, The Golden Era, and Massters in the Forbidden City.
December 18 will see the release of Mojin-The Lost Legend (鬼吹灯之寻龙诀), an adventure/thriller film previously titled The Ghouls. The cast, which includes Chen Kun, Shu Qi, Huang Bo, and Xia Yu, recently graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and even though the cover itself is not that eye-catching, I had to share the rest of the pretty.
Chen Kun, Mark Zhao, Jin Dong, and Ma Tianyu. Hu Bayi must be the best-looking grave-robber alive.
So much must’ve happened for the happy-go-lucky Ma Tianyu to grow up to be the equally pretty but much more somber Jin Dong in the drama version of grave-robbing seriesThe Ghouls 鬼吹灯.That, and a lot of acting school. Chen Qiao’en plays the female lead (previously portrayed by Yao Chen and Shu Qi). The drama is set to begin filming next March. No information on which books it will cover, nor whether the main character will be changed into a decent person as in the drama version of The Lost Tomb. Come on, Jin Dong, you just produced a drama about protecting cultural artifacts, you can turn this drama around, right?
The two book series that set off the tomb-raiding craze will be both made into a series of films.
Among the two, The Ghouls: Code of the Dragon 鬼吹灯之寻龙诀 will be directed by Wu’ershan (Painted Skin II). The film, based on the first book of the second series, is produced by Huayi Brothers, Wanda, and Enlight Media, and is set for a December 2015 release.
Meanwhile, The Lost Tombs 盗墓笔记 will be produced by our favorite Huanrui along with Filmko Entertainment. Part 1 of 8 is planning for a summer 2016 release.
What do you think? Which one are you looking forward to the most?
P.S. For those of you faint in the heart, The Lost Tombs actually has real ghosts while The Ghouls does not. And for those of you who are righteous in the heart, The Ghouls feature archaeologists who are forced to search the graves rather than actual grave robbers.