Edward Zwick is directing The Great Wall for Legendary Entertainment. THR reports that this will be the first film under the studios Hong Kong-based and Chinese-managed Legendary East. Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will pen the screenplay based on a story by Legendary Entertainment¹s chairman and CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks. The project is being produced by Zwick and Herskovitz along with Tull and Legendary's chief creative office Jon Jashni, as well as Charles Roven and Alex Gartner of Atlas Entertainment.
Great Wall is planned as "a globally-appealing adventure movie that reveals the legend behind a great mystery of our age: why this magnificent structure came to be." Here is what Jon Jashini had to say about the project in a statement:
"Our partnership with Ed and Marshall is indicative of the creative ambition and financial commitment we are bringing to Legendary East -- not next year or next month, but today. Their ability to translate a sense of history while communicating emotion and wonder has been proven repeatedly. The Great Wall exemplifies the type of globally-appealing, commercial movie we intend to have Legendary East become known for."
Wall is to be distributed Legendary East¹s co-production partner, Huayi Brothers. Warner Bros. will handle other territories, including domestic. Zwick's last film was the drama Love and Other Drugs. I really enjoyed his work on films like Glory, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond.
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