Taiwan to build Universal Studio-like theme park

Taipei, March 2 (CNA) The director of a popular TV action series has unveiled a plan to build a theme park in Kaohsiung modeled on that of Hollywood's Universal Studios, a local report said Tuesday, in what could be a big step forward for Taiwan's entertainment industry.
"We will build a theme park next to our film studio. It will something like Universal Studios, " said Tsai Yueh-hsun, who is currently turning his award-winning police drama Black and White into a full-length motion picture.
"We have already sent people to Universal Studios and other theme parks to learn from their expertise, " the director of Taiwan's first Hollywood-style TV drama said during a recent interview with Taiwan's Chinese-language daily Liberty Times.
Tsai estimated that the project, to be located in Kaohsiung where his TV drama is based, will be completed in five to 10 years at a cost of NT$5 billion (US$156 million).
He said that his film studio will be opened to other film crews in the future, and he also revealed a plan to construct an underwater studio.
Tsai's film, which will incorporate popular 3-D technology, is expected to hit the big screen early next year.
(By Alex Jiang)