Zhang Ziyi to Star in ‘East/West’ Comedy for Universal

Universal Pictures is developing cross-cultural comedy “East/West,” starring Zhang Ziyi with TV director Jason Winer attached to direct.

The studio is developing the movie with Ling Lucas. Tory Metzger and David Linde will produce, as will Zhang and Winer.

Ethan Sandler and Adrian Wenner (“We Hate Paul Revere,” “New Girl”) will write the script. The studio is keeping plot details under wraps. Sara Scott will oversee “East/West” for Universal.

Winer is a veteran TV director and executive producer, most recently on “Life in Pieces” for CBS and 20th Century Fox TV, where he has an overall deal. He has also directed many episodes of “Modern Family” and “The Crazy Ones.”

He is a co-executive producer of “Modern Family” and won a Directors Guild of America Award in 2010. He was nominated for two Emmys for directing “Modern Family” episodes.

Winer directed the remake of “Arthur” in 2011 for his first feature film credit.

Zhang’s credits include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Rush Hour 2,” “House of Flying Daggers,”  “2046” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”

Winer is represented by ICM Partners, Mosaic and Barnes Morris. Zhang is repped by ICM Partners and Mosaic. Sandler & Wenner are repped by ICM Partners and Thruline.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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