Acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (“House of Flying Daggers,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) is in talks to direct the supernatural meets historical epic “Great Wall” at Legendary Pictures.
The story deals with British soldiers traveling through 15th century China who witness the construction of the massive edifice that will one day be known as the Great Wall of China. They soon discover that its intended purpose is not to keep out human beings, but terrifying otherworldly creatures.
The project was conceived by Legendary CEO Thomas Tull and “World War Z” writer Max Brooks back in 2012. It got pretty far along as well – Ed Zwick was attached to direct while Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker were to star in the film.
Scheduling and creative issues ultimately caused the project to be put on hold and re-conceived. It’s now ready to go again, likely through Legendary’s Asian division Legendary East. A rewrite is expected, but the basic concept remains.
How this will affect Yimou’s commitment to direct an adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s “The Parsifal Mosaic” at Universal is unknown.
Source: Heat Vision