I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of this project before! It’s China attempting to out-Hollywood Hollywood, as The New York Times explained in a 2010 article, which includes the delicious tidbit that the film
is the vision of a film-obsessed real estate magnate, Jon Jiang.
And this wondrous nugget:
[T]he script, written by Mr. Jiang, has gone through 40 drafts with the help of 10 Hollywood screenwriters.
Did I mention that the alternate title is Mermaid Island? So gloriously awful. And that’s before you even get to this first trailer, which is a marvel of hilarious pain.