Berlin: Malaysia's Astro Shaw Options World War II Novel for HBO Asia

The Garden of Evening Mists - P 2015
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The Garden of Evening Mists - P 2015

The novel previously won the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2012 and the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction.

Malaysia's Astro Shaw has optioned Tan Twan Eng's novel The Garden Of Evening Mists for an English-language feature that it will co-produce with HBO Asia.

"The film adaptation of The Garden of Evening Mists is one of the strategic thrusts in our regional and international expansion plans. Specifically this project has a strong Asian/Malaysian element and is consistent with our aspiration to bring attention to our unique Malaysian stories," said Najwa Abu Bakar, vice president business development at Astro, the film arm of pay TV giant Astro.

The book is a tale of a woman who loses her sister during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia and later becomes the apprentice and lover of a Japanese gardener.

The screenplay is being written by Huzir Sulaiman.

"In the last two years we've been able to participate in international competitions and screenings such as the Tokyo International Film Festival and Udine Far East Film Festival for our films Nova and The Journey, respectively," Najwa said.