Chinese writer Jia Pingwa and the cover of his award-winning book "Qin Qiang" [Photo: baidu.com]
The award-winning Chinese novel "Qin Qiang" by famous writer Jia Pingwa will be adapted for the silver screen, Mtime.com reports.
The film project has a budget of about 150 million yuan (US$23.7 million).
One of the selling points of the film is that the production team is composed of people who were born in Shaanxi Province, where the setting takes place. Lu Wei will be in charge of scriptwriting, while Zhao Jiping will take up the position as music composer. It is assumed that Zhang Yimou, as a Shaanxi local, will direct the film, although he has yet to make a final decision.
"Qin Qiang" is a factual narrative about the lives of Chinese farmers during the reform and opening-up period. Extremely realistically in its observations about China's rural areas, it is highly recognized and regarded by critics as an epic story.
The novel received the 7th Mao Dun Literature Prize, the top honor for Chinese writers, in 2008.