Will Yun Lee (“Falling Water”) is set to star in and produce a film adaptation of Richard H. Dillon’s 2012 novel “Hatchet Men” which details the Tong Wars on U.S. soil.
Lee will play Little Pete, the charismatic but ferocious leader of a criminal empire at the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown at the turn of the 20th century. The title refers to the hatchet-wielding killers who would silence any opposition to their bosses and the war between the various Tong factions in the district.
Michael Thomas (“The 33”) and Australian writer Morgan Duncan will co-write the script. Mark Holder and Christine Holder are producing.