Iron Widow to receive film adaptation

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author Ziran Jay ChowNew York Times bestseller, iron widow It is set up to adapt to a large screen, diverse a statement. Eric FeigPicturestart’s Picturestart has acquired the editing rights and plans to acquire a film franchise based on the author’s work. JC Lee (seekAnd the How to get away from murder) on the script pen.


iron widow It is set in the fictional world of Huaxia where humanity is being tortured by alien invaders. Their best bet against aliens is to transform giant robots called Chrysalises, which require pairing of males and females to drive. However, this pairing is not created equal, male pilots are treated like celebrities, while female pilots must act as their concubines. Also, female pilots disproportionately die in combat, and their partner drains their life force. The story is also a retelling of the emergence Wu Zetian, the only emperor in the history of China, who ruled from 665 AD to 705 AD. The heroine is 18-year-old Zetian (re-imagining the Empress), who presents herself as a “disposable concubine pilot” in order to avenge her sister who was murdered by a professional pilot. She gets her revenge in the most unexpected way and becomes a force to be reckoned with. However, it is now considered a threat to the state when in fact it may be its only salvation.

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The story is a re-imagining of the Chinese Empress while the Huaxia Nation serves as a futuristic reinterpretation of medieval China. The book has been compared to proverbs Susan Collins’ hunger Games And the Guillermo del Toro pacific rim Both were well received by critics and fans alike. very popular among young people, iron widow It has been translated into 14 languages ​​and remained on the bestseller list for 41 weeks.

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Zhao, who is also a popular YouTuber, recently released another book, Zachary Young and the Dragon EmperorIt is a mid-range, fun and action-packed contemporary fantasy novel. Lee HBO’s credits include seek championship Jonathan Groff, Murray BartlettApple TV morning show led Jennifer Aniston And the Reese WitherspoonAnd the Julius UnahNext bad genius.

iron widow It will be produced by Picturestart’s Jessica SwitchAnd the Julia Hammerand Feig while Sammy Kim Valvey He will serve as executive producer. No actor or director has been associated with the project, however, if done right, the book surely has a good fan base that will support the franchise plans.

Stay tuned to this space for more details about the upcoming feature. In the meantime, you can check out Zhao’s comments about the Chinese Empress below:

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