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George Takei Executive Producing Movie About Japanese Internment Camp
Sep 7, 2017 by: WENN
George Takei is executive producing a film adaptation of Jamie Ford's novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Producer Diane Quon has acquired the film rights with producer Joseph Craig of StemEnt to develop the film with the Star Trek star serving as executive producer, according to Deadline.com.
The story centers on a Chinese-American boy who falls in love with a Japanese-American girl before she is sent to an internment camp during World War II. The story is set in 1942 and picks up later in 1986, when belongings of Japanese families are found in an old basement.
"The book tells an intimate love story that is, at once, poignant and sweeping with historic magnitude told against the backdrop of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII," a statement from Takei reads. "I was captivated by Jamie Ford's novel when I first read it and visualized a compelling film in my mind's eye. I saw the drama of enduring love despite governmental racism, the passage of time and the vicissitude of life. What a wonderful film it would make. Now we are beginning the exciting adventure of making it happen."
The film will start production next year and author Jamie Ford will write the screenplay for the film.
"The number one question I get from fans from all around the world is--will there be a film?," Ford says. "I'm delighted to say yes because for years I said no to filmmakers who wanted to change too many things about the story (like the ethnicity of my main character). With this team, I'm confident that fans will get a satisfying film that remains true to the spirit or the book."
The story hits close to home for Takei, who was forced to leave his Los Angeles home with his relatives and live in a U.S. internment camp in Arkansas following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941.
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