A legendary movie fiasco


Sometimes our dreams fail us. This is one such story of a Chinese billionaire wanting to make a movie at the scale of Avatar. An interesting story on what all transpired to make this dream a disaster.

Jiang told me that he is determined for the film to be more than a collection of dusty props in a warehouse. Ten years after he first shopped Mermaid Island around Hollywood, six years after filming wrapped, and four years after the first trailer appeared online, Jon Jiang’s dream remains very much alive. When we met in the China World Hotel, the man behind the mermaids insisted that Empires would soon be released. It just needed to be approved by Chinese censors, and then he would begin looking for an international distributor.Empires of the Deep was still poised for global success, as it has been all along.

“The world,” he said, “has never seen anything like this before.”

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The Atavist Magazine — Mitch Moxley

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