mm2 Entertainment and Turner Asia Pacific have agreed to a deal that will see the companies co-produce five cinematic films over the next three years, with the biopic Wonder Boy set as the first movie to come out of the collaboration.
The partnership marks Turner’s first foray into film production in Southeast Asia and is part of a wider strategic effort to invest in and produce more Asian content. These projects will have a multimillion dollar budget and are expected to bolster Turner’s content pipeline for its TV brands, including for the pan-regional general entertainment channel Warner TV. Under the agreement, mm2 Asia and Turner will complement each other in the areas of production, distribution and marketing of the films to maximize commercial value and audience reach.
The first film that will be released under this collaboration is Wonder Boy, a biopic about the legendary singer and songwriter Dick Lee. It stars Benjamin Kheng, from the Singaporean band The Sam Willows, and is directed by Lee and Daniel Yam. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on August 3. The agreement also includes two other family films and two films from Jack Neo, a Singaporean actor, host and director.
“We are very happy and proud to embark on this journey with Turner,” said Chang Long Jong, the CEO of mm2 Asia. “We look forward to co-producing an exciting slate of films through this landmark collaboration. As we build on our strong base in the Asian market through our movie and media investments, we will continue to forge more such win-win relationships in the future.”
Ricky Ow, the president of Turner Asia Pacific, added, “This partnership makes a bold statement about Turner’s desire to increase its investment in local content for audiences in Southeast Asia. Together with mm2 Asia, one of the region’s top movie production companies, we’ve identified some great projects with genuine entertainment potential—and we can’t wait for them to start rolling out.”