Universal Studios Teams With Chinese Superstar for New Comedy
Since her 1999 breakout in THE ROAD HOME, Zhang Ziyi has been one of the premier actresses in Chinese cinema. In the early aughts, Zhang worldwide recognition with heavy hitters like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS, alongside collaborations with such esteemed auteurs as Wong Kar-wai and Seijun Suzuki.
In American productions like RUSH HOUR 2 and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, Zhang becoming one of the most recognized Chinese talents internationally. The upcoming EAST/WEST will return her to the international stage, as Deadline reported January 27.
Per Deadline, EAST/WEST, described as a “cross-cultural comedy vehicle” for Zhang, will be directed by Jason Winer. Winer, a veteran of American television who has worked behind the camera on such popular comedies as MODERN FAMILY and NEW GIRL and directed 2011’s ARTHUR remake, will direct a script from Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner.
EAST/WEST will be Zhang Ziyi’s first English-language production since the 2009 thriller HORSEMEN. However, in the past several years, she’s been busy at work in Asian productions. Recent projects include John Woo’s two-parter THE CROSSING in 2014, Wong Kar-wai’s 2013 THE GRANDMASTER, and last year’s WHERE’S THE DRAGON?