Some updates on director Chloé Zhao, who is still writing fan-fiction online and paying off her student loans as of last month. Don’t forget to support her by watching The Rider in theaters now!
- Amazon has picked up her upcoming film on Reeve Bass.
- She is one of several female directors in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Widow solo film. She’s actually said in an interview that she grew up with comic books and mangas, and her first experience with storyboarding were the mangas she drew as a child.
- On a side news, Chinese-American director Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs ) has been announced to helm the DC female team-up Birds of Prey film.
With all these projects coming her way, hopefully she’s still working on that Chinese sci-fi.
sources: deadline, HR,deadline
Rising director Chloé Zhao, whose award-winning The Rider (98% RT, 92% Metacritic, 4/4 Roger Ebert) is being released in theaters beginning this weekend in North America (release schedule), told Vogue that she’s currently working on a sci-fi set in Northwest China. Based on her Jezebel interview, it sounds like it’ll be set 3000 years in the future.
Given her experience working with cinematographer Joshua James Richards on the plains of South Dakota, the Northwest seems to be a perfect first Chinese project for the talented director-cinematographer couple. We may have to wait, though, since she is also working on another film set in the Indian Reservation and has a contract for a film with Frances McDormand.
Fun fact: Chloé Zhao is the step-daughter of actress/producer Song Dandan.