Stalked: Real life Alias and Nanking Nanking begins
Two interesting stories that caught my eye today. One is saying that the big star Chinese film Nanking Nanking is about to begin filming, a film that looks at the events of the invasion of the old Chinese capital during World War II by the Japanese.
The other is about the real life story of a woman who wanted to become a spy, and so did, but then found out that the life was far from the films and stories she'd expected and has now revealed all about her double life.
There are a number of films about Nanking at the moment, and the Chinese made Nanking Nanking from Director Lu Chuan is the latest, and perhaps most ambitious.
It is fast approaching the seventieth anniversary of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, the capital of China at the time, and the atrocities that occurred are hotly debated between the two countries.
Variety tells us that production has begun on Nanking Nanking which carries a RMB 80 million, or US $12 million budget and an ensemble cast with names such as Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Feng Wei and Director Tian Zhuangzhuang.
Lu Chuan also directed Kekexili: Mountain Patrol which won many accolades. This film will join the growing ranks of Nanking themed films from both the east and west, revisiting the controversial topic of the World War II atrocities committed against the Chinese by the Japanese.
Daniel Waters is adapting the memoirs of Lindsay Moran, Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com), about a woman who grew up wanting to be a spy and actually obtained her dream. However once there she found that the life of a spy was far from ideal.
In her memoirs she tells of a life of isolation, and the growing pressure of not being able to tell her friends or boyfriend what she actually did. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter through Coming Soon
It does sound like a true life Alias, although I suspect without all the high tension and drama. If her roles was a low level analyst then the story will be getting some serious embellishing, however if her role was much more that of the spy that we would think from the films, then it could be a real eye opener.
Waters, the writer, has previously written Heathers, Hudson Hawk, Batman Returns and Demolition Man, so a bit of a mixed bag there in terms of pedigree.