Steven Spielberg Hopes to Make Film with 'Hero' Director Zhang Yimou

August 15, 2013
Source: China Daily

Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou

Now that director Steven Spielberg has departed the adaptation of American Sniper, he doesn't have a project in his immediate future. And while there haven't been hints of what he might do next, the director recently voiced an interest in working with a talented filmmaker from China. Speaking with the China Daily newspaper (via The Guardian), Spielberg expressed an interest collaborating on a project with Hero and House of Flying Daggers director Zhang Yimou. The Chinese filmmaker was just recently linked to Quasimodo, a new adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Josh Brolin in the lead. More below!

Spielberg, recollecting his past work in China, said, "I made Empire of the Sun in Shanghai in the 1980s and want to come back one day to make a movie in China. We would work together on an international film that could take place in China." Spielberg calls Yimou a "dear friend," and while there's no indicator of when these two might work together, the prospect is certainly enticing. In an interesting connection, Spielberg's Empire of the Sun starred Christian Bale, who recently starred in Yimou's film Flowers of War. So that should help you in the movie game sometime down the road.

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Of course Spielberg wants to work with a well known Chinese director. China's market is hot right now. He's chasing after the money and trying to stay relevant. He should retire from directing like his buddy, George Lucas.

Boomer on Aug 15, 2013


China is indeed hot and like any entrepreneur,he is after that money. That's obvious. He still makes good movies. "Lincoln" was ok. He still has some juice in him

Chinese money on Aug 15, 2013


Well--that is a bit extreme. He is still a terrific director--I can't see any reason for him to retire. On the other hand, he has not really made a masterpiece since ET--Schindler was uneven with hokum at the end. Minority Report was fabulous, but it was marred by a slow middle section. Crystal Skull and War Horse were abysmal. Tin Tin was frenetic to the point of exhaustion and Lincoln was too uneven--a dopey first five minutes and a lot of dullness throughout. Even so--his movies are always worth watching (The Terminal, 1941, and Always excepted--all too dreadful to watch through even once).

yogi9644 on Nov 23, 2013

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