'Fast 5' director acquires rights to romantic comedy

Justin Lin has acquired film rights to David Henry Hwang’s play “Chinglish” and plans to direct and produce via his Universal-based Barnstrom Pictures banner.

“Chinglish,” a romantic comedy, debuted at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and is following its Broadway run with an international tour beginning at Berkeley Repertory Theatre this fall.

“As soon as I saw ‘Chinglish’ on Broadway, I began to envision this smart and insightful cross-cultural comedy as a film,” Lin said.

Hwang will write the screenplay and is set to co-produce the film with Bobbi Thompson.

“I’ve loved Justin’s work ever since he burst on the scene with ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ and it feels very right to be collaborating with him on the movie

verision of my play,” said Hwang, who’s won a Tony and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.

CAA reps the package as well as Lin and Barnstorm, who are also repped by Cinetic Media and Sloss Eckhouse Law. Hwang is represented for theatre by

Paradigm and Loeb & Loeb .

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