China’s greatest classic story is not going to get the Hollywood treatment—at least not yet. Film buffs have been abuzz for months with the rumor that Steven Spielberg had joined forces with Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou to turn Journey to the West -- the story of the monkey king, originally published in China in 1590--into a blockbuster movie.
But spokesmen for the two recently denied the rumors, which apparently grew from a speculation made by a producer about what might be the ultimate east-west movie. He'd said that if someone big like Spielberg did a film in China with someone like him, it would have to be the ultimate Chinese story, such as Journey to West. Reporters interpreted this comment as an announcement that a deal had been made and shooting was about to start.
Still, with moviemakers’ habit of using fairytales and myths as material, it will only be a matter of time before cheeky monkey Sun Wukong journeys west—this time all the way west.