Peter Hessler’s 2011 memoir, River Town: Two Years On The Yangtze, will be adapted into a movie. Hessler has become well-known as a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of several nonfiction books.
Deadline reports that Lu Chuan, a Chinese filmmaker, has agreed to direct and produce this project. Tristine Skyler, an actress and screenwriter, wrote the script.
Here’s more from Variety: “Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts of Fugitive Films are producing. River Town depicts a celebrated American writer’s journey to China for the long-awaited Chinese publication of his first book, triggering memories from 20 years earlier when he taught English literature to Chinese college students while on the brink of a nation’s unprecedented change.”