Production of the “Taiwan Trilogy”, the largest film project ever produced in Taiwan, has been suspended indefinitely due to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic and financial problems, the film’s director Wei Te-sheng (“Cape Nong,” “Seedig Bale”) said on Monday. Said.
The filming of the ambitious movie trilogy, which aims to begin Taiwan’s history 400 years ago, was postponed in May after the coronavirus finally hit the self-governing island. (Taiwan has been able to contain the epidemic from other parts of the world for about 18 months.) Now the project needs to be refinanced.
The trio was supposed to cost 7 157 million (NT $ 4.5 billion) to produce. It raised .. 3.4 million (NT $ 100 million) through crowdfunding and was being raised without government funding, thus relying on private sector funding. But now some supporters of the private sector have been left out due to the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic.
“Production of the Taiwan Trilogy is extremely difficult to complete,” Wei said in a statement. “Production is expected to cost about 70% of the budget. Once we start, we can’t stop when we want to. I probably raise funds while the camera rolls “In the current situation, it is difficult to resume production.”
The project has previously raised funds and spent money on pre-production such as field studies, historical research, art guidance as well as set, make-up and costume design. Resources have also been spent on training actors and animals, casting and creating action choreography and visual effects design.
Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during this time. Social distance systems impose crowds and a large number of cast and crew sets. Cast and crew from abroad were used in the production. But border control means they can’t travel to the island easily.
In addition, recent floods and storms have destroyed some sets. Extreme weather costs must now be considered for the rest of the year and a half schedule.
Wei insists he has not given up on the project, but he is also considering an alternative that would turn his original screenplay into three animated movies. An animated feature and a documentary were already part of the package and will be released in 2024.