‘Crazy Rich Asians’ helmer Jon M Chu has been set to direct an adaptation of ‘The Great Chinese Art Heist’ for Warner Bros.
The story is based on an article from GQ by Alex W. Palmer and follows a number of museum art robberies that occurred in Europe, in which specific Chinese antiquities were stolen – ones from a raid of the country’s old Summer Palace in 1860 by French soldiers.
No one knows who the thieves are, but the works of art continually wind up back in China where a new generation of wealthy Chinese people collect artefacts from the old Summer Palace.
Chu will also take on the role of a producer alongside Lance Johnson via their Electric Somewhere banner. Geneva Waserman will also produce for Conde Nast Entertainment.
Earlier this month it was announced that Chu would be taking over directorial duties from Stephen Daldry on the big-screen adaptation of the musical ‘Wicked’ at Universal Pictures.