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Sony Classics Gets Chinese ‘Blood Simple’

Zhang Yimou remaking Coen brothers’ dark comedy.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired domestic rights to Zhang Yimou’s next film, a remake of the Coen brothers’ "Blood Simple."


The project marks the director’s first film since he directed the Opening Ceremonies for last year’s Olympics.


SPC and Zhang have partnered on 10 previous movies, including "Raise the Red Lantern," "House of Flying Daggers" and "Curse of the Golden Flower."


"Blood Simple" was the Coens’ debut feature; it was released in 1984. This version will be set in a Chinese noodle shop rather than a Texas bar town. The owner’s plan to murder his adulterous wife and her lover quickly spins out of control.
"The idea of a remake of ‘Blood Simple’ as seen through the eyes of Zhang Yimou’s masterful visual elegance and clever narrative twists is genius," SPC presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard said in a joint statement.


Bill Kong will produce the film; this marks his fifth collaboration with the indie label. Their relationship began in 2000 with Ang Lee’s "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."


SPC also has rights for the film in three other territories: New Zealand, Latin America and Australia.