Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans 'Kick-Ass' Creator Mark Millar Says A Hit-Girl Solo Movie Was Once In The Works With 'The Raid' Director Gareth Evans Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners 30 Films You Forgot Were Oscar Winners Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Review: Documentary 'Night Will Fall' Is A Powerful Reminder Of The Horrors Of The Holocaust Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Neil Gaiman To Pen Epic 'Journey To The West'; Guillermo Del Toro Being Courted To Direct

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 10, 2011 at 7:15AM

James Cameron To Consult On The Script & 3DWho do you get to make a movie out of a national tale of fantasy and intrigue? If you're a Chinese filmmaker, the choice is celebrated writer Neil Gaiman, and the decision is a pretty smart and inspired one.
1

James Cameron To Consult On The Script & 3D



Who do you get to make a movie out of a national tale of fantasy and intrigue? If you're a Chinese filmmaker, the choice is celebrated writer Neil Gaiman, and the decision is a pretty smart and inspired one.

Variety reports that Chinese TV producer Zhang Jizhong has tapped Gaiman to adapt the folk tale "Journey to the West" and once you hear what it's about, you'll see why. The 500-year-old story is by "Wu Cheng'en, detailing the events that befall the Monkey King, armed with a magic staff, as he journeys with a monk, a pig spirit and a fish spirit to India to retrieve Buddha's scrolls in an effort to find enlightenment." Gaiman is pretty much a perfect match for the material and savvy selection to spin the tale into a movie. But he's not the only heavyweight name sniffing around project.

James Cameron will pitch in consulting on the script and on the technical aspects of the film (ie. 3D), but that's not all. The filmmakers are aiming pretty damn high in terms of finding a director. Guillermo del Toro, who is a good friend of Gaiman's, is apparently being courted with Zhang keeping things in perspective saying, "He has shown a lot of interest but he wants to see the treatment first. Obviously the more celebrated the director, the busier they are." And as everyone knows by now, his next film will be "Pacific Rim" which starts shooting September.

But 'Journey' is gonna be a monster of a project. It will span into a trilogy of films, each with a budget of $100 million with funding mostly expected to come from China. The film will be shot in English with a mix of Western and Eastern actors, though no one has come aboard just yet.

With so much heavyweight talent behind this, we presume the pieces will start coming together fast. But lest we forget, just putting James Cameron's name on something he isn't directing doesn't mean much to audiences or the overall quality of the film. Case in point: "Sanctum."

This article is related to: Foreign Films, Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Journey To The West


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates