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Monkey King will be the first Chinese 3D blockbuster

Production has kicked off on a 3D version of one of the biggest-ever Chinese language adventure tales. The film, "Monkey King" (aka Da nao tian gong) is based on the classic Chinese novel "The Journey to the West," which tells the story of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to India to collect religious texts. Monkey King 3D is budgeted at $40 million and will be released on 7 July 2012.

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The original story of "Journey To the West" is detailed here on the Cornell University web site.

Read the Reuters Press Release here.

The IMDB page of Da nao tian gong is here.