James Cameron and Neil Gaiman to work on Journey to the West

A $300 million Chinese epic

Blockbuster director extraordinaire James Cameron and award-winning novelist and screenwriter Neil Gaiman will be contributing their considerable talents to Journey to the West, reports Variety.

The adaptation of the ancient Chinese folk tale is being produced by Zhang Jizhong, who hopes the project will have huge crossover potential.

James Cameron will offer his knowledge on technological issues, particularly 3D, and he'll also be advising on the script.

At a press conference in Beijing, Zhang said: "I'm looking forward to the treatment, but as James Cameron told me, I need to be patient.

"I work in TV usually, so I'm used to things happening quickly. I need to focus on the script and make sure it's a good story."

Stardust and Coraline novelist Neil Gaiman will be writing the script, and the movie will be shot in English. The production will be based in China to take advantage of cost benefits though, with Zhang adding: "One million dollars is worth twice that if you shoot here."

The folk tale concerns the Monkey King, who travels to India with a diverse group of companions (including a monk and a pig spirit) on a mission to retrieve the Buddha's scrolls.

Tantalising, there's even the possibility that unluckiest director of the decade Guillermo del Toro could possibly direct, with Zhang saying: "He has shown a lot of interest but he wants to see the treatment first.

"Obviously the more celebrated the director, the busier they are."

If all these elements do come together, Zhang could have something very special on his hands. He's intending to tell the story as a trilogy, with each movie costing $100 million.

Combining the imagination of Gaiman with the technical nous of Cameron could be a masterstroke, and if GDT comes on board that would be the icing on the cake.

Do you think this could be brilliant? Would Gaiman and Cameron's names attract you to a Chinese folk tale? Let us know below!


    • Nashnash

      Mar 12th 2011, 15:18

      I fail to get excited about anything which James Cameron is involved in and, although I didn't know anything about this story before reading this article, I already hate the fact that it's going to be in 3D.

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    • namedropper

      Mar 12th 2011, 15:42

      He's going to advise on the script? Lordy. Presumably he'll be advising on how to jam as many cliches into one three hour movie as possible.

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    • nacho316

      Mar 12th 2011, 15:55

      Forget Cameron get Stephen Chow to direct lol

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    • Frag81

      Mar 12th 2011, 23:01

      Wasn't dragonball (the original, not dragonball Z), loosely based on the Chinese tale, Journey To The West. Would love someone to make a decent Dragonball film, after that joke that was released a few years ago

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    • Hadouken76

      Mar 13th 2011, 2:07

      JOurney to the West always reminds of the Princess Mononoke track. Epic.

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    • Mozkiwi

      Mar 13th 2011, 2:28

      Gaiman anytime, anywhere, anything... Cameron? blech - money talks and I guess Gaiman is listening (shame on him).

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    • MaggieWilliams

      Mar 14th 2011, 19:33

      Why? Why westernise it? LEAVE IT ALONE.

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    • MaggieWilliams

      Mar 14th 2011, 19:33

      Why? Why westernise it? LEAVE IT ALONE.

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