By Patrick Frater

Sales News

FilmNation Entertainment has picked up international rights to Zhang Yimou’s (張藝謀) Heroes of Nanking (金陵十三釵), previously known as 13 Flowers of Nanjing.

The film stars Christian Bale as an American who takes refuge in a church with 13 prostitutes and a group of innocent schoolgirls during the fighting between Chinese and Japanese troops in 1937.

North American rights are to be handled on behalf of the producers by Deng Chaoying, David Linde and Stephen Saltzman of law firm Loeb & Loeb. FilmNation recently handled international sales of Oscar-winner The King’s Speech.

The screenplay of Nanking is by Liu Heng (劉恆, Assembly 集結號, Ju Dou 菊豆) and was adapted from Yan Geling’s (嚴歌苓) novel. It was produced by Zhang’s regular partner Zhang Weiping (張偉平) under their Beijing New Picture Film Company (北京新畫面影業有限公司) banner. Executive producers are Linde, Deng and Bill Kong (江志強).

Scheduled to wrap in mid-June, Nanking is approximately 40% in English and 60% in Mandarin and, as has been previously announced, will be released in China on 16 Dec 2011.

Heroes of Nanking is truly a global achievement with an international cast and crew” said Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment.

The technical crew includes many regional top talents, and several of Zhang’s recent collaborators from Under The Hawthorn Tree (山楂樹之戀): director of photography Zhao Xiaoding (趙小丁, House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏); production designer Taneda Yohei (種田陽平, Kill Bill Vol. 1); composer Chen Qigang (陳其鋼, Under the Hawthorn Tree); and production and costume designer William Chang (張叔平, In the Mood for Love 花樣年華).