Antoine Fuqua to Helm Biopic on Tang Dynasty Leader Yang Guifei
Recently we've heard of filmmakers like Doug Liman and James Cameron working on projects in China, and it looks like another one will enter the mix as well. THR reports Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is set to helm a biopic on legendary Tang Dynasty imperial concubine Yang Guifei. The Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group revealed the news over the weekend with an eye for production to begin in China later this year. The production company says, "It’s a big subject, well known in Chinese circles around the world. With director Antoine Fuqua at the helm, we’re hoping to bring this story on to the international stage."
The film is still untitled but will focus on the tragic love story between imperial consort Yang, one of the four famed beauties of ancient China, and 8th century Emperor Xuanzong, the longest reigning monarch of the Tang Dynasty, who ascended to the throne at the summit of the dynasty's power and influence. The love story has been immortalized in paintings, operas, books, and even TV shows, but it sounds like this will be the first prominent big screen telling of the romance. The project should be Fuqua's next film after he shoots a biopic on rapper Tupac Shakur later this year, and this really seems like something out of his wheelhouse, so count me intrigued.. Anyone interested?