George Takei to Executive Produce HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET
Deadline reports that George Takei will executive produce the The New York Times best-selling debut novel HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET. Producer Diane Quon announced today that she has acquired the film rights with Joseph Craig of StemEnt as producer.
In a statement, Takei comments, "The book tells an intimate love story that is, at once, poignant and sweeping with historic magnitude told against the backdrop of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. I was captivated by Jamie Ford's novel when I first read it and visualized a compelling film in my mind's eye. I saw the drama of enduring love despite governmental racism, the passage of time and the vicissitude of life. What a wonderful film it would make. Now we are beginning the exciting adventure of making it happen."
The story centers on "Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy in Seattle who falls in love with Keiko, a Japanese American girl, as she is sent to an Internment camp during WWII. With themes of racism, commitment, and hope, the story is set in 1942 and later in 1986, when the belongings of Japanese families are discovered in the basement of an old hotel. A widower now, Henry must reconcile the past and the present, the things he did or didn't do, the things he said, and the things he left unspoken."
Production on the romantic drama is scheduled to get underway in 2018.
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