Jon M. Chu will direct “The Great Chinese Art Heist”.
The 41-year-old filmmaker is set to direct the new Warner Bros. film based on an article in GQ magazine by Alex W. Palmer.
The article tells the story of a number of museum art heists in Europe in which Chinese antiques were stolen, mainly those from the nation’s old summer palace, which was raided by French soldiers in 1860.
Nobody knows who the thieves are, but the works of art always end up in China. The GQ piece asks who is allowed to own art and whether there is a coordinated effort to reclaim pieces from China.
In the meantime, museums are silent about the robberies as the thefts put them in a vulnerable position. Everyone questions their safety and doesn’t want to donate works or materials when insurance rates go up.
Jon is producing the film with Lance Johnson, Agnes Chu, Will Welch and Geneva Waserman. Warner Bros. is currently looking for an author to adapt the article for the big screen.
Jon was also tapped to direct the adaptation of Universal’s ‘Wicked’.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” will direct the upcoming recording of the hit Broadway musical based on “The Wizard of Oz” after original director Stephen Daldry resigns from the project.
Universal had previously removed ‘Wicked’ from its release calendar as part of the COVID-19 pandemic, after it was scheduled to release on December 22 of this year. At the time of writing, no further release information has been disclosed.
TheWrap says the project has not yet been cast, but Marc Platt is producing while the original Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz and music writer Winnie Holzman wrote the script.