Neil Gaiman Writing Monkey King Films
If you’re a fan of writer Neil Gaiman, you might have noticed that he’s been spending some time in China recently.
Well, now the reason for this latest trip has been revealed – he’s signed a deal to write English scripts for a planned trilogy of 3D animated epics based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.
Gaiman is collaborating with respected Chinese TV producer Zhang Jizhong, who has long harboured a dream to get the misadventures of the Monkey King on to the big screen. He and Gaiman spent some time during the writer’s latest trip hashing out which of the 2,000-page story’s plot will be distilled into the movie scripts.
Before any screenplay is written though, Gaiman will produce an outline to pitch to investors, and with the hopes of hooking a high profile director. Guillermo del Toro’s name is apparently sitting on the top of their wish list and James Cameron may get involved in some capacity.