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Lu Chuan to Direct Adaptation of Peter Hessler’s ‘River Town’

Chinese director Lu Chuan is attached to helm and produce Tristine Skyler’s adaptation of the award-winning memoir “River Town” by Peter Hessler.

Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts of Fugitive Films are producing.

“River Town” depicts a celebrated American writer’s journey to China for the long-awaited Chinese publication of his first book, triggering memories from 20 years earlier when he taught English literature to Chinese college students while on the brink of a nation’s unprecedented change.

Chuan is one of China’s most well-known filmmakers, known for such films as “The Missing Gun,” “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol,” “City of Life and Death” and “The Last Supper.” Most recently, Chuan directed “Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe,” which grossed $106 million in mainland China within its first weeks of release. He is currently in post-production on Disneynature’s “Born in China,” which will be released this summer in China and April 2017 in the U.S. Chuan is represented by CAA and lawyer David Fox of Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light.

In addition to being a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker, Hessler was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2011. His other critically acclaimed books include “Oracle Bones,” “Country Driving” and “Strange Stones.” Hessler is repped by William Clark.

Skyler is currently writing “Madame Rose” for HBO Films, and recently co-wrote an adaptation of Truman Capote’s “Summer Crossing” with Scarlett Johansson. Skyler is repped by CAA and lawyer James Adams.

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