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Wong Kar-wai to Adapt 'Ferryman' Beginning Next Year

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2014 at 10:43AM

It took five year's for Wong Kar-wai to release last year's "The Grandmaster" after 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," so it's good news to hear that he's beginning work on his new project next year, adapting author Jiajia Zhang's short story "Ferryman."
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Wong Kar-wai

It took five year's for Wong Kar-wai to release last year's "The Grandmaster" after 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," so it's good news to hear that he's beginning work on his new project next year, adapting author Jiajia Zhang's romantic short story "Ferryman."

"Ferryman" is part of "I Belonged to You," a collection of Zhang's short stories, and tells the story of a love affair between a young girl and a married artist in Changchun.  Zhang will pen the screenplay for Wong Kar-wai's adaptation.

Tantalizing details about the project have been creeping their way around the Internet lately: earlier this month, we heard that Hong Kong-based Mei Ah Entertainment would be backing the film, which its chief executive said would feature a male star that "all women are crazy about."  Cue the speculation machine!

Zhang's "I Belonged to You" had an interesting genesis: the author published several of the "bedtime stories" on the Chinese social media site Sina Weibo--a sort of combination Twitter/Facebook.  The stories were later compiled as a collection and sold in conventional dead-tree form in bookstores.

TOH! sat down with Wong earlier this year to discuss his Oscar-nominated "The Grandmaster."  You can watch that full video below.

This article is related to: Wong Kar-Wai, The Grandmaster


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.