Chinese director Feng tackles 1942 drought

AP News
Posted: Apr 22, 2011 12:20 AM

China's most successful commercial director says his new film will be a drama set against a 1942 drought that killed three million Chinese.

Feng Xiaogang announced in a live webcast on Chinese portal on Thursday that he will adapt Liu Zhenyun's 1993 novel called "Remembering 1942." Liu's work examines the suffering in China's Henan province when the then-ruling Nationalist Party was preoccupied with a Japanese invasion.

Wang Zhonglei says his Chinese studio Huayi Brothers is investing 150 million Chinese yuan ($23 million) in the production. Director Feng says he is designing the set and eyeing a summer 2012 release.

Feng released another disaster drama last year. The earthquake epic "Aftershock" brought in 673 million yuan ($103 million).