Neil Gaiman, apparently unsatisfied with his level of exposure in America, is working on a project with Chinese TV producer Zhang Jizhong on a trilogy of films “detailing the events that befall the Monkey King, armed with a magic staff, as he journeys with a monk, a pig spirit and a fish spirit to India to retrieve Buddha’s scrolls in an effort to find enlightenment.” Um, OK. That does sound like the sort of thing Gaiman would be into, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Neil Gaiman isn’t the only big name that might be attached to this project – Gaiman’s good friend Guillermo Del Toro is also being courted to direct. Zhang had this to say about Del Toro’s potential involvement: “He has shown a lot of interest but he wants to see the treatment first. Obviously the more celebrated the director, the busier they are.” Well, considering Del Toro recently got a little less busy, he might be game for something like this.
Oh, and it’s going to be in 3D (of course), which will be consulted on by James Cameron in some capacity. Zhang’s strategy seems to be hiring talented people to make people interested in his movie – I wonder if that would ever catch on in America? (via The Playlist)