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Spielberg has desire to work with Zhang Yimou

Updated: 2013-08-15 09:28
By Liu Wei ( China Daily)
Spielberg has desire to work with Zhang Yimou

Steven Spielberg, who has made a 3-D version of his 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park, says he would like to make an international film with Zhang Yimou. "So many good stories could be told about China," Spielberg says. Provided to China Daily

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Steven Spielberg said he would be highly interested in working with his "dear friend" Zhang Yimou on an international film in China.

"I would like to make a movie in China with my dear friend," said the director of Jaws and Saving Private Ryan in a telephone interview with China Daily. "We would work together on an international film that could take place in China."

Zhang, director of the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympic Games and award-winning films such as To Live and Raise the Red Lantern, was in Los Angeles in May and met with Spielberg, where they had discussions about working together on a film.

"I just feel China has such a rich history and inspirational culture for filmmakers both in the West and Asia. So many good stories could be told about China, not just stories from a distant past but contemporary stories," Spielberg said.

"I made Empire of the Sun in Shanghai in the 1980s (and) I want to come back one day to make a movie in China."

The 67-year-old's latest cinematic connection with China is his 3-D version of Jurassic Park, which will be released in the country on Aug 20. He said he chose Jurassic Park because it was easier to convert into 3-D.

"When the film came out in 1993, it was perceived to be a movie that makes it appear as if the dinosaurs would jump out of the screen and onto the laps of the audience," he said.

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