Iron Man 3 producer Dan Mintz recently opened up about the status of filming in China and how the upcoming shoot adheres to government regulations.
Although Dan Mintz, producer of Iron Man 3, cracked the movie market in North America with Looper, his twenty-four year history of work in the Chinese entertainment industry made him a key player in the development of the third Iron Man film.
Mintz, CEO of Beijing-based studio DMG Entertainment, recently chatted with Hollywood Reporter about how filming regulations in China would influence Iron Man 3.
In the third film in the superhero franchise, Iron Man comes face-to-face with Chinese born archenemy, The Mandarin, played by Ben Kinglsey. The Mandarin’s history was key to the development of the comic book character and will also factor into the film.
However, given how the Chinese governmemt has been cracking down on productions that may exploit China rather than showcase the country’s depth with Chinese cast members, there’s been some speculation whether Iron Man 3 would be filming in the Asian country at all.
“Obviously I can’t talk about story,” said Mintz to Hollywood Reporter, “but we’ll be filming in China before the end of the year and we’ll have an announcement about Chinese cast members sometime very soon—all will be revealed.”
Mintz arrived in China in 1989 to shoot a commercial and his been working in the Chinese film industry ever since. Because of recent enforcement by the Chinese government to ensure that international studios do not take advantage of filming in the country, Mintz was a key playing in bridging the gap with Iron Man 3.
Do yourself a favor and check out the full in-depth Iron Man 3 related interview with Dan Mintz at Hollywood Reporter.
Iron Man 3 will hit theatres in May 2013.