Lulu Wang‘s The Farewell is one of the best films of the year, and now she has her next project lined up. Reports say that Wang will direct a science fiction movie called Children of the New World. More on this below.
Variety says Wang is adapting from Alexander Weinstein’s short story collection of the same name. While plot details are being kept under wraps the short story explores the evolving dynamics of family. This is very similar to her directorial debut, The Farewell, which looks at how living in two cultures can have an effect on a family during an extortionary crisis.
Here’s the official plot synopsis via Google Books:
A creator of virtual memories struggles to distinguish real-life experience from manufactured events. A childless couple conceives two children in an online world, only for their imagined life to be infected by a computer virus. The robotic brother of an adopted Chinese child ‘dies’, and a family realizes how real a son he had become.
Dani Melia and Peter Saraf of Big Beach and Justin Lothrop of Votiv will produce. It’s important to note that the two production companies also produced Wang’s The Farewell.
Of the announcement, Melia said:
“We had an incredible experience collaborating with Lulu Wang on The Farewell and are thrilled to be making another film with this visionary director, this time working alongside Votiv and exploring a completely different space and genre.”
“Lulu and I have been friends for years now and we’re very excited to be collaborating with her on such an incredible project. When we started on this journey with her, I don’t think we could have imagined a better partner than Big Beach, and we couldn’t be more pleased about working with them on this.”
Finally, Wang said:
“I could not have made ‘The Farewell’ without my fantastic producers at Big Beach, so I’m looking forward to this new collaboration, with them and Votiv, to continue exploring the evolving dynamics of family.”
The Farewell made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where it was met with huge praise. I got the chance to see the film late last month and was amazed at Wang’s ability to capture “specificities of living two cultures during extraordinarily difficult times.” The deft filmmaker used a relevant and universal story and balanced out the humor and drama to create a bittersweet film that everyone could relate to.
So if Children of the New World is like that, and it sounds like it is, then I cannot wait to see it.