‘Nanking’ to the bigscreen

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Viridian Entertainment and Li Xiangman, chairman of China’s Jiangsu Principal Culture Industry Group, are joining forces to produce historical drama “Nanking,” set to start lensing in late 2006.

Based on the 1937-38 Japanese siege of Nanking, China, pic will focus on a Chinese matriarch and American missionary who unite to save 300,000 Chinese from being raped and murdered.

Pic is being prepped by William Macdonald, co-creator and senior executive producer of HBO’s “Rome.”

Release is slated for December 2007 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the attack.

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