March 27, 2011 / 10:15 PM / 8 years ago

Antoine Fuqua to direct Chinese concubine romance

HONG KONG (Hollywood Reporter) - “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua has signed on to direct a Chinese biopic about a legendary concubine.

The as-yet-untitled film will tell the tragic love story involving imperial consort Yang Guifei, one of the four famed beauties of ancient China, and 8th century Emperor Xuanzong, the longest reigning monarch of the Tang Dynasty. Their love affair has been widely celebrated by classical poets and is the subject of paintings, Chinese operas, books and television shows in the subsequent millennium.

The $30 million Chinese-language project has been in development for two years. The script is now being finalized and casting is underway. Production will begin in locations across China later this year for a targeted 2012 release.

Fuqua is also slated to direct Morgan Creek’s Tupac Shakur biopic in late spring/early summer.

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