With one of the two most popular Hallyu male actors already on screen with his comeback project, that being Kim Soo Hyun charming audiences with his adorable and earnest performance in the currently airing KBS drama Producer, all eyes have been on when and what Lee Min Ho would do for his next gig. The wait is over as Lee Min Ho’s agency just announced that Min Ho-sshi will be doing a movie as his next project, and not just any one industry movie but one of those cross-border collaboration behemoths.
The movie is called Bounty Hunter (赏金猎人) and will be directed by Korean PD Shin Tae Ra who directed spy caper rom-com My Girlfriend is an Agent (7th Level Civil Servant). It will be co-produced by a HK company, a Shanghai production house, and Lee Min Ho’s own agency Starhaus Entertainment with an estimated budget of 2 billion RMB. The original script was penned by the HK screenwriter who did the movie Yip Man, the executive producer will be HK comedy production veteran Raymond Wong. The movie starts filming this August for a 2016 premiere.
Word on the street says one of China’s top movie actresses Yang Mi will be Lee Min Ho’s leading lady, which isn’t surprising at all since the choice is basically her or Crystal Liu or Fan Bing Bing. The production for Bounty Hunter is aiming for a Hollywood caliber production value, whatever that means, but with enough talent and money thrown at it nothing is impossible. I think this is a smart choice for Lee Min Ho to continue his popularity trajectory, this movie has box office appeal written all over it regardless of final quality or lack thereof.
Lee Min Ho will be the male lead, a smart and savvy bounty hunter who ends up crossing paths with four other bounty hunters all on the same catch. They get embroiled in a dark conspiracy and must work together not to catch their mark but to bring down the people who sent them on the same mission. The movie will be filmed on location in China, Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand and aims to deftly blend action and comedy. Casting will be finalized soon and will likely include both Chinese and Korean actors.