Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Roar Power
Jurassic World unleashed on iTunes
Halo 5 Guardians
The Master Chief returns
Movie News

LFF 2015: A Bigger Splash Gala
Everyone having a Fiennes old time?
LFF 2015: Empire's High-Rise Gala
We present Ben Wheatley's latest triumph. You're welcome!
More Movie News

23 September 2015
Patrick Heusinger Will Be Jack Reacher 2's Villain
He's joining the sequel
More Movie News

Defiance (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Blood Diamond (2007)
Empire Star Rating
The Last Samurai
Empire Star Rating
The Honest Courtesan
Empire Star Rating
Jack the Bear
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ed Zwick Scaling The Great Wall
Spoiler alert: it's about a wall

24 August 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Ed Zwick Scaling The Great Wall

If you’ve ever wondered exactly how the Great Wall of China came to be, you might want to consult an encyclopaedia. But if that seems like far too much hard work, help is at hand, slackers! The Last Samurai’s Ed Zwick has agreed to co-write and direct a film about the huge structure’s history.

It’s all part of a plan cooked up by Legendary Films overseer Thomas Tull, who has been busy launching a spin-off company, Legendary East, to make films based in China and Hong Kong with international investors.

And this first project to roll off the company’s production line will be based on a story originally crafted by Tull and World War Z novel author Max Brooks.

Zwick is on board to write the full script with regular partner Marshall Herskovitz and direct the film. He’s clearly thrilled with the idea: “Legendary East has given us the chance to do what we most love – to create an adventure on a grand scale,” Zwick blabbed in a statement picked up by Deadline.

There are few details about the actual plot, though it’s expected that it’ll tell the story of how the various chunks of the wall came to be across several generations in northern China. Originally constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire in the 5th century BC, it has since been modified, demolished and rebuilt several times between the earliest structure and the 16th century. There’s a lot of history to pack in, so we expect the pic will focus on one or two specific periods…

It’s not Zwick’s only possible pic on the go, though: he’s also signed on for an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp book American Assassin.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Alex Winter Shooting Napster Doc
VH1 will share his files
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Why... there a picture of Lionel Richie on this?? lol More

Posted by Andybee76 at 09:33 on 24 August 2011 | Report This Post

Empire's Best Horror Films For Halloween
An unlucky thirteen triple-bills

Emily Blunt Talks Sicario
On the five-star thriller, puke acting and taking Tom Cruise to The Box

Denis Villeneuve Talks Sicario
On his cartel thriller and the upcoming Blade Runner sequel

Tomorrowland: The Viewing Guide
Brad Bird talks through his sci-fi adventure, scene by scene

Empire Meets Ridley Scott
The great director on The Martian, Blade Runner 2 and the Prometheus sequels

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)