Alibaba To Make the First Hollywood Movie: Steel Soldiers
Alibaba has partnered with a Burbank-based media STX Entertainment, and is ready to produce its first original Hollywood movie, “Steel Soldiers."
You might know Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) as the biggest e-commerce platform in China, but in fact this Chinese internet giant is getting so big that it stepped into movie-making as early as 2015.
So far, Alibaba Pictures, a film company under the Alibaba Group, has invested in several blockbuster Hollywood movies, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," "Star Trek Beyond," and the action thriller "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" starring Tom Cruise.
Today, Alibaba Pictures announced on its news website, Alizila, that the company has partnered with Burbank-based media STX Entertainment, and is ready to produce its first original Hollywood movie, "Steel Soldiers," a film that explores a futuristic world where humans and androids fight side-by-side.
The movie features a disgraced special forces officer who is forced to train a new cadre of high-tech, but imperfect, android soldiers, turning them into elite military officers and leading them in a deadly mission to rescue the robots' creator, a statement said. The movie will be produced by Robert Zemeckis, director of "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump," but no details about cast members has been released yet.
The tie-up with STX is the latest step in Alibaba's push into movies.The project aims to leverage STX's multi-platform content-making, marketing and distribution capabilities and expertise, as well as Alibaba Pictures' access to new technology, e-commerce approach and consumer insights from being part of Alibaba Group's ecosystem, the two companies said in a statement.
Earlier this week, Alibaba agreed to acquire a 7.66 percent stake in Wanda Film for 4.68 billion yuan ($744 million). In October 2016, Alibaba Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners forged a "comprehensive strategic partnership" to co-produce and finance films for international and Chinese audiences.