Screenwriter set for See's tale of 17th century China

Scribe Erin Cressida Wilson will adapt Lisa See’s tome “Peony in Love” for Fox 2000.

Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Prods. and actress-producer Giannina Facio are producing.

See’s “Peony in Love” tells of the difficulties and oppression facing women in 17th century China.

Story revolves around a young woman who starves herself to death after falling in love with a man she fears she’ll never be allowed to wed. She comes up with her plan after seeing the Chinese opera “The Peony Pavilion,” which tells a similar tale.

A large part of See’s book takes place after the young heroine has died, as she encounters a series of ghosts, including her dead grandmother, who impart their own experiences.

Michael Costigan and Michael Ellenberg are shepherding the project for Scott Free.

Wilson’s writing credits include Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe,” opening in theaters next month and toplining Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. Previous writing credits include “Secretary” and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.”

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