John Madden has been set to direct the Samuel Goldwyn Co./American Playhouse Theatrical joint production “Golden Gate,” a cross-cultural love story scripted by David Henry Hwang to star Matt Dillon and possibly Joan Chen.Production is to get under way Dec. 8 in Northern California, according to Goldwyn’s worldwide production prexy Tom Rothman. Based on an original script by Hwang (“M. Butterfly”), “Golden Gate” is a love story that spans the 1950s to the 1970s, about an FBI agent assigned to San Francisco’s Chinatown and the daughter of the man he wronged. “Golden Gate” will be the second feature directorial outing for Madden, British stage and TV director who recently helmed the American Playhouse movie “Ethan Frome,” starring Liam Neeson and Patricia Arquette, which Miram ax will release domestically. Originally, Hwang was going to direct “Golden Gate,” but Rothman said scheduling conflicts prohibited him from doing so. Dillon, who had originally been attached to star in the movie and subsquently dropped out, recently came back into the project. Dillon’s deal is expected to be closed shortly. He is currently working on Goldwyn’s soon-to-wrap feature “Mr. Wonderful.” Dillon is appearing on the big screen in Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy “Singles” and will also star opposite Danny Glover in WB’s ’93 release “The Saint of Ft. Washington.” As for Chen playing Dillon’s love interest in the film, Rothman said it will depend on her scheduling. She is currently in Thailand before the cameras on Oliver Stone’s “Heaven and Earth.” “Golden Gate” will be produced by Michael Brandman, executive produced by Lindsay Law and line produced by Stan Wlodkowski.