China’s “Daily Times” tabloid is reporting that “Way of the Rat” was one of three films announced Monday at the Beijing International Film Festival along with “Flying Tiger” and “Looper.”
The project is described as a joint production between China, the United States and Canada with a projected budget of $94 million. Reports indicate that shooting of the “Way of the Rat” motion picture is set for later this year in hopes of a Christmas release.
“Way of the Rat” was an ongoing series by writer Chuck Dixon and artists Jeff Johnson and Tom Ryder that followed a thief named Boon Sai Hong who runs across more than he bargained for by stealing two objects with magical properties. Along the way he gains a talking monkey named Pop Po as an advisor and the criminal element of the Asian-based world out to get him.
“Way of the Rat” was one of comic book series bought up when Disney purchased the assets of then-bankrupt company Crossgen. Two of the properties, “Sigil” and “Ruse,” were recently resurrected at Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment but there has been no announcements about a new “Way of the Rat” series.
MTV News contacted Disney for confirmation of the announcement but did not receive a response at time of publication.
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