News: Renny Harlin & Daljit DJ Parmar launch Extraordinary Entertainment Limited - First Film To Be The Mandarin-Language Sci-Fi Film Solara

Renny Harlin and Kung Fu Yoga producer Daljit DJ Parmar have joined up to launch Extraordinary Entertainment Limited, a production and finance firm that will be based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Parmar will serve as CEO and Harlin as Chief Creative Officer. The primary focus of the firm will be the development of international co-productions,with investor backing for the features in the $10 to $50 million dollar ranges, as well as premium scripted online TV series.

The company will serve as a directing vehicle for Harlin who has spent the past four years living and working in China. It will also serve as a place for up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers to cut their teeth. Parmar and Harlin are currently in Cannes talking about their new venture.

The first film EEL will develop is the 
Mandarin-language sci-fi adventure Solara. It is about an international team who must work together to save Earth from a global catastrophe that is threatening human existence. Harlin will direct and produce with Parmar. It was written by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt (London Has Fallen, Expendables 3, Olympus Has Fallen) and is considered a Chinese tentpole that is catering to that market and has the potential for global success as well. Palmer said that:

 “We believe that we will cater to the growing demand from Chinese audiences for universal stories that are commercial and explore cultural diversity promoting intercultural understanding. With the recent success of international films at the Chinese box office, we are excited to continue developing and acquiring global IP for China.”

Harlin added that:

 “My last four years working in China have been some of the most inspiring and productive of my career. I’m excited to now fulfill my dream of expanding into developing and producing a variety of movies and TV in China, partnered with my friend, DJ Parmar, who brings in his unparalleled passion and expertise in Chinese co-productions. We want to create top quality entertainment for a Chinese audience and reach out to the international market with co-productions that authentically portray the Chinese spirit, heart and soul.”

Harlin's most recent film was Skiptrace, which starred Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville and grossed over $137 million in China. Harlin is currently in post-production on the Chinese video game adaptation, The Legend Of The Ancient Sword for Alibaba Pictures, and the action thriller Bodies At Rest for Wanda. Parmar was an executive producer on Kung Fu Yoga and 
previously served as Vice President of International at Shinework Pictures