Verve Signs 'Go Back to China' Filmmaker Emily Ting (Exclusive)

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Emily Ting

The Anna Akana-starring comedy premiered in March at SXSW.

Verve has signed Go Back to China writer-director Emily Ting, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

The coming-of-age comedy, which had its world premiere in March at SXSW, stars Anna Akana as a spoiled Los Angeles-based fashionista who, after spending most of her trust fund, is forced by her father to work in her estranged family's toy company in China for a year. Ting herself worked for 12 years in her family's toy factory in China.

Ting, an experienced producer, previously wrote, directed and produced the 2015 romantic drama It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, starring Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg. She continues to be managed by Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill of Black Box.