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French director to put 'Wolf Totem' on big screen
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Oscar best foreign film winner in 1976 French director Jean Jacques Annaud, whose credits include "Lovers," "Bear,""Enemy at the Gates," will direct an adaptation of the best-selling Chinese novel "Wolf Totem." He participated the movie's launch ceremony in Beijing yesterday.

Jean Jacques Annaud and the Chinese version of 'Wolf Totem'

Jean Jacques Annaud and the Chinese version of "Wolf Totem" [CFP]

Annaud said he would like to create a new world of wolves.

The saga novel "Wolf Totem" tells a story between human beings and nature based on the author's 11 years of life experience in the prairies in North China. The book has sold more than 3 million copies in Chinese mainland since its first publication in 2004 and is among top 10 bestseller for 6 consecutive years.It has been translated into 30 languages and published in more than 11 countries.

Annaud said: "I read less than 100 pages of the book; however, I was totally attracted to it. So I decided to direct this movie, and only I could be the right director."

According to the filmmaker, this movie will tell the story about man and nature, the past and the future; and the wolves will play the leading role in the movie. And it is also revealed that the movie will be released globally in 3 or 4 years.

Annaud said that he cares more about finding appropriate actors for the roles than hiring movie stars.

(People's Daily August 19, 2009)

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