Barry Levinson To Direct Loose Adaptation Of Bei La's Romance Novel The Cursed Piano
After taking a considerable break from directing feature films, Barry Levinson is getting busy again. Last year he directed the found footage horror film The Bay; he's currently in pre-production on Black Mass, a biopic about notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger starring Johnny Depp, and now he's picked up yet another project for the future.
Deadline has gotten word out of the Cannes Film Festival that Levinson is attached to direct a loose adaptation of The Cursed Piano, the best-selling novel written by Chinese author Bei La. The movie is a love story that is set "across Leningrad and Shanghai" and unravels over the course of 40 years. The site doesn't mention how the film version will differ from the book, but adds that Ronald Harwood, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Pianist, has been hired to handle the script. While the director will be busy filming Black Mass this summer - having just added Joel Edgerton to the cast - the production on the romance looks to start rolling next February in Shanghai.
Before making The Bay, Levinson hadn't directed a feature film since 2008's What Just Happened starring Robert De Niro. He did keep busy on the small screen, however, most notably directing the HBO film You Don't Know Jack, which won star Al Pacino both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Prior to his hiatus Levinson was best known for his ability to tackle multiple genres, making movies like Sleepers, Sphere, Wag The Dog and Bandits. A romance could be an interesting fit for him.
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