He has been testing the waters for some time now in terms of fiction (with Chinks in active development) but Minding the Gap docu-helmer Bing Liu‘s fiction debut will be the book-to-film adaptation of the prize-winning novel Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (his debut novel). Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak, MGM Studios, and Orion Pictures are all getting behind the project. Production is set for this coming fall in New York city. They are currently casting the film.
Written by Polish-born American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok, this is about a Chinese Muslim refugee who is smuggled into the country in a truck and is determined to survive whatever America throws at her. After three months in detention, Zou Lei is released without explanation and finds her way to Queens, New York. She becomes romantically involved with an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, initially connecting over a shared obsession with fitness.
We profiled Bing back in 2018, and among his top ten films of all time list he included Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Folks, that’s called serendipity!