Alibaba's Jack Ma Could Get the Biopic Treatment
Following the record-breaking IPO offering of the Chinese billionaire's Alibaba Group, producer Janet Yang and writer Bruce Feirstein are assembling a film
Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group, who just became the richest man in China thanks to his company’s record-breaking IPO-offering on the New York Stock Exchange, could next become the subject of a movie. Producer Janet Yang is looking to set up an international co-production focusing on Ma and his life, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Bruce Feirstein, who’s repped by APA, has written a script for Yang called Alibaba, the name of Ma’s group of Internet-based e-commerce businesses. On its first day of trading, Alibaba raised $21.8 billion in its initial public offering, which valued the company, founded in 1999, at $231.4 billion. Ma’s fortune has been estimated at about $25 billion, according to the 2014 Hurun Rich List.
Yang, who has worked with Oliver Stone and produced such films as Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt, has been working in China, where she has produced such films as 2012’s Shanghai Calling, directed by Daniel Hsia. Feirstein, whose writing credits include such James Bond movies as 1995’s GoldenEye and 1999’s The World Is Not Enough, has also been working in China, where he produced the 2009 film Red River, directed by Zhang Jiarui. Their new project was first reported by Deadline.com.