Maker Hey­man to pro­duce Alibaba’s War­riors

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

Harry Pot­ter pro­ducer David Hey­man will pro­duce Alibaba Pictures’ film adap­ta­tion of the chil­dren’s book se­ries War­riors.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion came about when China’s Alibaba Pictures ac­quired the rights to the Bri­tish book se­ries about four clans of wild cats. There are 36 books in the main se­ries of the nov­els, writ­ten by a writ­ing team un­der the name of Erin Hunter and pub­lished since 2003, which sold over 30 mil­lion copies world­wide.

The first live-ac­tion film with com­puter-gen­er­ated char­ac­ters will be an orig­i­nal story, which fol­lows the path of main char­ac­ter Rusty, a pet cat raised by hu­mans, and his books join­ing a wild cat clan in the for­est, Hey­man told The Hol­ly­wood Reporter in Bei­jing.

“He’s stig­ma­tized, he’s an out­sider, he is not from the for­est, he’s lived in the com­fort of a hu­man home,” said Hey­man. “So it’s about him get­ting ac­cli­ma­tized into this place, earn­ing his place in spite of great prej­u­dice against him and ul­ti­mately ris­ing up.”

Hey­man and Alibaba have no idea yet of how many films they will make of the adapta- tion. “The in­ter­est­ing thing about the books is there are such a lot of nar­ra­tives. And the books are still be­ing writ­ten, so there will be as many films as long as we can keep telling in­ter­est­ing sto­ries and the au­di­ence is re­cep­tive of it. We’ll keep on mak­ing them,” Hey­man said.

com­prise the main se­ries of the nov­els that sold over 30 mil­lion copies, which will be adapted for the pro­posed films

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