China, Japan Team Up for 'The Art of War' TV Series (Exclusive)

The Art of War Book Cover - H 2013

The Art of War Book Cover - H 2013

Producer Michel Shane ("I, Robot") is joining the Chinese government and Japanese studio Genco for the co-production, to be filmed in English.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. 

Two rival states are coming together for the sake of Art.

Producer Michel Shane (I, Robot), the Chinese government, Asian distributor Flamingo Features and Japanese studio Genco are prepping a television series based on Sun Tzu's classic treatise The Art of War. The show will be filmed in China in English, with postproduction in Montreal.

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"The series is an American-style high-action adventure all around [Sun's] philosophies and his life," Shane tells THR. The China-Japan collaboration, which will target the international market, is unusual given those countries' tense relationship.

Says Genco founder Taro Maki, "Our full-fledged multinational collaboration stems from a mutual respect for Sun Tzu and his masterpiece."