Sep 01, 2016

    Thrones producers ink deal for drama on China's only empress


    THE producers of HBO's fantasy drama Game Of Thrones will work on a new historical series based on the life of Wu Zetian, the only empress in the history of China, according to a report by Hollywood Reporters.

    Christopher Newman, the brains behind Game, has signed a deal with Starlight Media and K. Jam Media to create the 13-episode drama Empress.

    Starlight Media will fully finance the series, estimated at US$70 million (S$95 million).

    Production is set to begin in Sichuan province in late 2017, with a premiere scheduled for 2018.

    Wu was ruler of the country during the T'ang dynasty (AD 618-906). She was known for her wit and intelligence along with her ruthlessness and desire to achieve ultimate power regardless of means.

    The series will follow her rise to the top through the court of Emperor Taizong as his favourite concubine.

    "I am very happy to announce this partnership and am looking forward to working with this excellent creative team to bring the story of the Empress Wu to a global audience," Starlight chairman Xu Yan said.

    Newman has also worked on Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Notting Hill and Love Actually.