Helmer back for 'Years'
Wayne Wang, helmer of indie pics “Smoke,” “Blue in the Face” (aka “Brooklyn Boogie”) and “Chinese Box,” is making a comeback bid with “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers,” a drama now in production in Spokane, Wash.
Pic is an adaptation of a novel by Yiyun Li that won the Hemingway/PEN Award in 2005. It sketches out a series of stories about contempo lives of Asians in America.
“I haven’t done an Asian or Asian-American subject film since ‘Chinese Box’ in 1997 and, having read Yiyun Li’s novel, was attracted by the story of a father coming from China to help his divorced daughter here in the U.S. where he ends up confronting more his own past instead,” Wang told Daily Variety.
Feihong Yu, Henry O, Vida Ghahremani and Pasha Lychnikoff star.
North by North West’s Rich Cowan and Yukie Kito of Japanese finance and production firm Entertainment Farm produce. Yasushi Kotani of Entertainment Farm and Lee Joo-ick of South Korea’s Boram Entertainment exec produce.
Entertainment Farm, which itself has backing from Japanese media investment house and telecom player Softbank, previously backed “The Hottest State” by Ethan Hawke and, alongside Fox Searchlight and UTV, “The Namesake,” helmed by Mira Nair.
Movie is repped in the U.S. on behalf of Entertainment Farm through CAA and in international territories by the Match Factory. It has been presold to Pandora in Germany and to Mikado in Italy.