Wayne Wang is set to direct an adaptation of the award-winning novel A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, by Chinese emigre Yiyun Li, according to Production Weekly.
It's a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States. The film is scheduled to begin production in October, in Spokane, Washington. Wang's credits include Last Holiday, The Joy Luck Club, Maid in Manhattan and Because of Winn-Dixie.
In the script, a Mandarin-speaking Chinese man, comes to America to patch things up with his recently divorced, estranged daughter, whom he wants to see remarried. He discovers that all is not what it seems. What he doesn't know is that his daughter sees through the contradictions about his own life and knows what a sham his own marriage has been. In the Pacific Northwest town where his daughter lives, he meets an older, Farsi-speaking Iranian woman. Even though they are total strangers, with the inability to communicate with a common language, they forge a bond with each other.