At a signing ceremony today at the Beijing International Film Festival the Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund was launched. Dragon Blade is the first film to receive an investment from the Fund. A release date for the film of 19 February 2015 was announced at the ceremony. It was also announced that the film will be shot in 3D. Neither Jackie nor Daniel Lee was prepared to confirm Mel Gibson's participation in the movie, only saying 'it is a big Hollywood star". Filming is underway in Hengdian before the production is slated to move to Dunhuang, a city on the Silk Road in North East China. Jackie expressed concern about working in the heat of the Gobi desert in June / July.