Antoine Fuqua to Direct A Chinese Film

The Training Day director tackles a foreign-language historical drama.

Posted: 03/28/2011 12:58 PM EDT

From Brooklyn’s Finest to a Chinese legacy, director Antoine Fuqua is slated to direct a biopic on legendary Tang Dynasty imperial concubine Yang Guifie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the not-yet-titled film will tell the tragic love story between imperial consort Yang, one of the four famed beauties of ancient China, and 8th century Emperor Xuanzong, who ascended to the throne at the summit of the Tang dynasty's power and influence. Their love affair has been widely celebrated by classical poets and is the subject of paintings, Chinese operas, books and television shows. The script is now being finalized and casting is underway.

Producer Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group is the sole investor in the 200 million yuan (U.S. $30 million) historical epic, set to begin filming in locations across China in the later half of 2012. The Chinese-language project, which has been in development for two years, is slated for a 2012 release.

“It’s a big subject, well known in Chinese circles around the world,” Zhao An, Xi’an Qujiang chairman, told The Hollywood Reporter. “With director Antoine Fuqua… we’re hoping to bring this story on to the international stage.”

Along with this project, Fuqua has also signed on to direct Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic in late spring/early summer.

 

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