Disney's Gourd Turns Movie Magic Into Game

Walt Disney Studios Asia Pacific's animated feature THE MAGIC GOURD scored $2 million in its second weekend in China and will now be turned into a videogame, reports VARIETY. Walt Disney Internet Group plans to release 15 Java-based mobile games based on the film later in the year.

The CG film's week two receipts were down only 16% over its June 29, 2007, opening weekend.

Based on a novel written by the late Chinese children's writer Zhang Tianyi, the film follows a boy who discovers a gourd that, much like a genie, grants him wishes. The story has already been adapted into a TV show by state-run CCTV.

Disney co-produced the film with Hong Kong's Centro Digital and China Film Group.

Other Chinese-produced Disney productions to come, include, MICKEY'S YEAR OF THE MOUSE.

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