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Universal Signs Zhang Yimou To Film The Parsifal Mosaic

14 February 2014 5:53 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In a landmark move, Universal Pictures have signed award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (The Flowers Of War) to direct their planned film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s The Parsifal Mosaic. According to Deadline, this collaboration will mark the first time a mainland Chinese director has signed on for an English-language film for a Us film studio.

Zhang Yimou – a director, producer, actor, writer and former cinematographer – is no stranger to the concept of blazing a trail. In 1990, his film Ju Dou became the first Chinese movie to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. More recently, he directed both the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.

The Parsifal Mosaic has been in development at Universal for some time. Quickly becoming a bestseller for author Robert Ludlum after it was published in 1982, it tells the story of Robert Havelock – a Us State Department Intelligence »

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Zhang Yimou in Talks to Direct Universal’s ‘The Parsifal Mosaic’

13 February 2014 5:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Hero” and “House of a Flying Daggers” helmer Zhang Yimou is in talks to helm the adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s “The Parsifal Mosaic” for Universal Pictures.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce along with Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner. Imagine Entertainment’s Erica Huggins will serve as executive producer.

Story follows a retired CIA operative who gets back in the game when he discovers that the woman he loved who he thought was killed is still alive.

A draft of the screenplay was written by David Self.

Co-president of production Peter Cramer and director of development Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio.

If a deal is made, the film would be Yimou’s domestic debut having previously worked on “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” in China. He is repped by CAA and managers Mo Zhang and Catherine Pang.

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Universal Sets Zhang Yimou To Helm Robert Ludlum Adaptation ‘The Parsifal Mosaic’

13 February 2014 4:32 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: What’s a Robert Ludlum thriller without an unexpected plot twist? How about Universal Pictures setting Zhang Yimou to direct The Parsifal Mosaic, the Ludlum bestseller that Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing with Captivate’s Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith? I’m told this is the first time that a mainland Chinese director has signed to do an English-language film with a film studio in the U.S. That was the goal when, in May 2012, CAA signed the filmmaker whose film Ju Dou became the first Chinese feature to be nominated for an Oscar, and who also directed the dazzling Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is not clear yet whether this will be his first Hollywood film or not because he has other irons in the fire. Zhang’s films include the BAFTA-winning Raise The Red Lantern, Hero, House Of Flying Daggers »


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