Lulu Wang to direct film adaptation of Children of the New World
Ahead of the upcoming theatrical release of writer-director Lulu Wang’s upcoming family drama The Farewell, Deadline reports that the rising indie filmmaker has signed on to a brand new project in collaboration with Votiv. Wang has been tapped to helm the sci-fi film adaptation of Children of the New World, based on author Alexander Weinstein’s short story collection of the same name. She is also set to pen the film’s screenplay.
The plot details of the film adaptation are still being kept under wraps. However, Wang described the project as film that “continue exploring the evolving dynamics of family.” It will be produced by Big Beach’s Dani Melia and Peter Saraf which will mark the second collaboration between Wang and Big Beach, who have worked together on The Farewell. Votiv’s Justin Lothrop will also be producing along with Brent Stiefel, who will serve as an executive producer.
“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,” Melia said in a statement.
Lothrop added, “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.”
The official synopsis of the Weinstein’s Children of the New World reads as follows:
“Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and frighteningly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster.
It grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice in speculative fiction for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.”
Lulu Wang’s upcoming film The Farewell will be released by A24 on July 12. It is written by Wang which was based on her own family experience that she first shared on an episode of This American Life. The film is being led by Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina.