De Niro Plans Mao Zedong Flick

Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are set to make a film about the rise of Mao Zedong and communism in China reports reports Variety.

Their Tribeca Films has optioned the Roy Rowan memoir “Chasing the Dragon: A Veteran Journalist’s Firsthand Account of the 1949 Chinese Revolution.”

As a correspondent for the Shanghai bureau of Time and Life, Rowan covered China’s civil war and observed close up the rise of Mao and his army. Along the way, Rowan fell for a Chinese interpreter who may have been a spy.

Jon Marans and Yuri Sivo will write the screenplay and Rowan will be a consultant. The plan is to weave the story into a love story meets epic drama.

The project has no connection with Stephen North’s film biopic on Mao entitled “Challenging Heaven.”