'Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe' Filmmaker Tackling Adaptation of Chinese Story 'River Town'

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Lu Chuan is attached to helm and produce the adaptation.

Lu Chuan, the acclaimed Chinese director behind acclaimed international films such as Kekexili: Mountain Patrol and the Chinese blockbuster Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe, is attached to helm and produce the adaptation of River Town.

Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts of Fugitive Films are also producing the project, which adapts the memoir by New York Times best-selling author Peter Hessler with a script by Tristine Skyler.

River Town tells the story of a celebrated American writer’s journey to China for the long-awaited Chinese publication of his first book, triggering memories from 20 years earlier when he taught English literature to Chinese college students while on the brink of a nation’s unprecedented change. 

River Town will be the narrative feature debut for Lu, whose well-respected films include The Missing Gun, City of Life and Death and The Last Supper. His Ghostly Tribe, released last year, became a hit when it grossed $106 million U.S. in mainland China within its first weeks of release. 

Lu is currently in postproduction on his English-language debut, the documentary Born in China, for Disneynature, which will be released this summer in China and April 2017 in the U.S.  

Skyler is currently writing Madame Rose for HBO Films, and recently co-wrote an adaptation of Truman Capote's Summer Crossing with Scarlett Johansson. She is repped by CAA and lawyer James Adams.

Lu is repped by CAA and lawyer David Fox of Myman Greenspan.