Po-Chih Leong has signed on to direct “Blood and Chocolate” for MGM. Leong’s English-lingo debut, “The Wisdom of Crocodiles,” starring Jude Law, is slated for a May 5 release by Miramax Films.
Daniel Bobker is producing “Blood,” based on Annette Curtis Klause’s young adult novel about a teenage werewolf who finds herself conflicted by her love for a human boy and for her werewolf pack.
Adaptation was penned by Christopher Landon (“Another Day in Paradise”), whose father, Michael Landon, launched his own career with “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” (1957).
MGM senior VP Elizabeth Carroll is overseeing the project for the studio with story editor Stephanie Palmer. The Lion is eyeing a summer start for the project.
Born and raised in Britain, Leong comes out of the Hong Kong filmmaking scene where he made more than 10 features and worked with Terence Chang, John Woo and Chow Yun-Fat. His films have screened in the Venice, Toronto and Montreal film festivals.
Leong is repped by Paul Alan Smith and Jim Rosen at Broder Kurland Webb Uffner Agency and attorney Marvin Putnam at Barnes Morris Yorn.