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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Director Antoine Fuqua attends the Opening Ceremony and Baaria Red Carpet at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2009 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Antoine Fuqua
When you've made as many cop movies and action flicks as Antoine Fuqua, a film shot in Chinese about an 8th Century concubine is the next natural step.
Fuqua, best known for films like "Training Day" and "Brooklyn's Finest," has been hired by the Chinese production company Xi’an Qujiang Film & TV Investment Group to direct a biopic about Yang Guifei, known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s a big subject, well known in Chinese circles around the world,” Xi’an Qujiang chairman Zhao An told THR. “With director Antoine Fuqua at the helm, we’re hoping to bring this story on to the international stage.”
The film, with a $30 million budget, will focus on the romance between Yang and Emperor Xuanzong, longest reigning monarch of the Tang Dynasty. Their tragic romance has been the subject of several poems, operas, films and novels over the years.
While final casting and script work is finished on the concubine story, Fuqua will continue to develop his Tupac Shakur biopic.