Another Hai Yan novel adaptation heads for the big screen
Celebrated author and scriptwriter Hai Yan's novel "Motive for the Murder" will be adapted into a movie.
By Joyce Xu
Celebrated author and scriptwriter Hai Yan's novel "Motive for the Murder" will be adapted into a movie, it was announced yesterday at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
The movie, which will be a sequel to the acclaimed film "The Dead End," will combine elements of suspense, action, romance and black humor. It will be helmed by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Ming-sing, known for action comedy "Police Story" and "The Accidental Spy."
A lot of actresses have risen to fame through TV series and films based on the novels of Hai Yan, including Xu Jinglei, Sun Li and Yuan Li, and the new production is looking to do it again. A nationwide selection for the leading actress for the new movie was launched yesterday.
According to director Wong, the producers hope to find a talented and outgoing woman who has a passion for acting.
"She should never yield to difficulty," Wong added.
Du Wenwei, producer of the film, said Hai Yan's novels are a perfect blend of artistry and commercial elements and are very appropriate for big screen treatment.
"In terms of the diversity and maturity in China's film industry, we believe the movie has big market potential," Du said.
Budgeted at around 100 million yuan, the movie will go into production later this year. It is expected to be released in May next year. The novel will also be adapted into an online series.