Chinese streamer iQiyi has started production on an original film based on the classic novel Fox Volant Of The Snowy Mountain, written by renowned Chinese author Louis Cha (aka Jin Yong).
The project, which began filming at Hengdian World Studios on January 3, is being directed and executive produced by Lu Yang, whose credits include Brotherhood Of Blades and the upcoming Chinese New Year release Assassin In Red.
Other talent on the film includes Rao Xiaozhi (A Cool Fish), who has signed on as co-producer; Ji Peng (The Untamed), who serves as the artistic director; and cinematographer Feng Simu (Tientsin Mystic).
Louis Cha, who wrote under the pen name Jin Yong, was one of the most widely read Chinese-language authors of the 20th century. He specialised in wuxia and martial arts novels, which have been repeatedly adapted into films, TV series and video games. However, iQiyi claims this is the first ever adaptation of Fox Volant Of The Snowy Mountain.
The novel tells the story of the talented young swordsman Hu Fei avenging his father’s death as he goes undercover among the gang of Eight Villains.