Zhang Yimou, the Chinese director of Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers, is to helm The Parsifal Mosaic, based on Robert Ludlum’s bestselling novel. Deadline is reporting that Yimou will be directing the film for Universal, which has Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing.
Here is Amazon’s synopsis for The Parsifal Mosaic, the 1982 novel authored by Robert Ludlum, who also wrote the source novels for Universal’s Jason Bourne franchise:
Michael Havelock’s world died on a moonlit beach on the Costa Brava as he watched his partner and lover, double agent Jenna Karas, efficiently gunned down by his own agency. There’s nothing left for him but to quit the game, get out. Then, in one frantic moment on a crowded railroad platform in Rome, Havelock sees Jenna. Racing around the globe in search of his beautiful betrayer, Havelock is now marked for death by both U.S. and Russian assassins, trapped in a massive mosaic of treachery created by a top-level mole with the world in his fist: Parsifal.
The most recent draft of the screenplay has come from David Self, who penned Thirteen Days and Road to Perdition, but a new screenwriter is being sought to work on a final draft with Yimou.
Apparently, this is the first time that a mainland Chinese director has signed to do an English-language film with a film studio in the U.S. His latest film Coming Home, which tells the story of Chinese man who is forced into marriage and flees to America, only to be sent to a labor camp when he returns home, is being acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.