According to reports in the Chinese press, something crazy is brewing in the camps of a couple of, well, vaguely important directors. Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou -- two guys with whom you movie nerds might be familiar -- supposedly have vague plans to co-direct a screen version of Journey to the West, a four-volume Chinese fantasy novel written during the Ming Dynasty. Uh ... wha?

While it's true that the two men know one another -- Spielberg visited the set of Zhang's The City of Golden Armor earlier this year and is a consultant on Zhang's upcoming work with the 2008 Olympics -- this sounds almost too outrageous to be true. It'd be a fun adventure for them to work together, sure, but co-directing what would have to be a major film just for kicks sort of defies all logic, doesn't it? Though masses of curious people would inevitably see such a collaboration, the cost of these two bringing a fantasy epic to screen would most likely be massive -- what studio would take that risk?

Well, here's the good news: Both men are too busy now for this project to develop before 2008 or 2009, so it can continue to exist in the happy world of "Hey, this might happen!", allowing us to spend time imagining just how visually insane a collaboration between Spielberg and Zhang would be.

[via Kaiju Shakedown]

Edit: According to the rapidly backtracking producer with whom the story originated, everything has just be misinterpreted. "He means the if Zhang Yimou and Steven Spielberg were doing a movie, they should pick a Eastern subject such as Journey to the West." Yeah, that sounds like "They've talked about making this movie" to me, too.

[Thanks, Steven]
categories Movies, Cinematical