Wong Kar-wai To Direct Crime Series For Amazon

The Hong Kong auteur is just another big name added to Amazon's impressive roster.

It’s been almost four years since master filmmaker Wong Kar-wai delivered his last feature (2013’s stunningly beautiful martial arts epic The Grandmaster), and the Hong Kong filmmaker has been circling several projects (including a Gucci biopic for Annapurna) since.

Now, it looks like Wong Kar-wai has settled on his next endeavor – the crime series Tong Wars (which sounds more like a Johnnie To picture, but whatever) for Amazon. Written and Executive Produced by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco), the hour-long drama is set around clashes between Chinese immigrants and the mafia in San Francisco Chinatown.

It’s unclear as to whether Wong Kar-wai is going to be directing the entire series, but any output from him is a treat to be welcomed. His hiring also continues to solidify Amazon as an autuer’s haven, as he’s joining a roster of creatives that are using the retail production giant as a port to foster their grander impulses. We can’t wait to see what Tong Wars turns out to be.

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