Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler and Jacqueline Feather are writing. Pegasus and China Film Group will finance the film, which will be produced by Mark Gordon, Hawk Koch and Jianjun “Jay” Sun. Jeff Aghassi will serve as an executive producer.
The feature is anticipated to be filmed on location in China later this year. No director or actors are attached.
The story is based on actual events from the 1930s featuring the self-driven New York socialite and fashion designer Ruth Harkness. When her on-again off-again fiancé goes missing while searching for a mythical creature in China, she goes to Shanghai to find out what happened — and is sent on a quest deep into the heart of China that subsequently introduces the West to the first living panda.
“‘Edge of the World’ whisks audiences away on a gripping journey around the world, and we are fortunate to lend even greater authenticity to the story by filming in China and its beautiful settings,” Gordon said. “I am happy to be working with Pegasus, China Film Group and my good friend Hawk in bringing this gripping film to life.”
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Sun said, “China is on the way to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest film market in 2017 based on last year’s 48.7% box office growth. We believe co-production is the best approach for U.S. and Chinese filmmakers to take advantage of this huge market opportunity considering China’s current import quota system.”
Seidler won an Academy Award for “The King’s Speech.” He and Feather have co-written a number of feature films including “The King and I” and “Quest for Camelot.”
They are represented by Jeff Aghassi Management. Seidler is also represented by WME.
The “Edge of the World” project was brokered by CAA.
Gordon’s feature film producing credits include the upcoming “War Dogs,” with Todd Phillips directing and starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Past film credits include “Saving Private Ryan,” “Steve Jobs,” “Source Code,” “2012,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “The Patriot.”