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Wong Kar-wai to Adapt ‘Ferryman’ Beginning Next Year

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

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.

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