Wednesday, June 19, 2024

That Movie Bruce Willis Made in China– With Mel Gibson as Art Director–is M-I-A


Remember “The Bombing”? This was a Chinese movie starring Bruce Willis as the only American among an Asian cast. At some point, Mel Gibson invested money in it and became the Art Director.

Now sources tell me we may never see “The Bombing.” It’s a bomb, alright.

Willis, who worked hard on it, has to be completely dubbed into Chinese since the rest of the movie is in that language. No one speaks a word of English.

Can you imagine that film being released in the Western world?

Willis and Gibson didn’t cross paths, apparently. “Mel came to China after Bruce was done,” a source says. The director, Xiao Feng, was a novice. The company behind “The Bombing” is now making a Chinese re-do of Julia Roberts’ 1997 hit “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”

There are other problems, too. “It’s about the Chinese fighting back against the Japanese in World War II,” a source told me. “It’s not like a lot of people around the world care about that. And the Japanese won’t be seeing it.”

Sharp eyed observers will be looking to see if “The Bombing” turns up in the Cannes Film Market next week. But the word is it won’t.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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