New biopic planned about pianist Lang Lang, directed by Ron Howard

Posted on: September 29, 2020

“Ron Howard, Imagine Entertainment, AGC Studios and CAA are teaming up for the movie biopic of virtuoso Chinese pianist Lang Lang,” writes Andreas Wiseman in Tuesday’s (9/22) Deadline Hollywood. “Two-time Oscar-winner Howard will direct the currently untitled film…. The project … will feature both Mandarin and English. It is intended to be Howard’s next film after he finishes the upcoming Thirteen Lives … Born in China to aspiring musicians, Lang Lang … has emerged as one of the world’s most famous contemporary classical pianists…. The film will chart the story from Lang’s childhood in the provincial city of Shenyang in Northern China to the influential Beijing Central Conservatory of Music and his improbable journey to America where he rose to become a globally acclaimed musician who has played for audiences around the world including at the Vatican, the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, and multiple appearances at the Grammy awards. The screenplay by Michelle Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney is based on the memoir Journey of a Thousand Miles by Lang and David Ritz.” A September 23 article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the project has drawn criticism “for hiring a white director and screenwriters to tell the origin story” of a Chinese artist.