- Film producer, agent, and director Huang Bin announced he had secured the rights to Marc Levy’s The Shadow Thief.
- Levy’s books have been translated into 49 languages and sold 33 million copies.
- Levy’s first published fiction was turned into the Reese Witherspoon movie Just Like Heaven by Steven Spielberg in 2005.
Chinese director Huang Bin has secured the rights to French bestselling author Marc Levy’s The Shadow Thief, the author announced this week in Beijing.
Heureux de vous présenter la 1ère affiche du film le Voleur d'ombre qui sortira en Chine au printemps 2018. pic.twitter.com/GIy3HkCX3E
— Marc Levy (@Marc_Levy) September 12, 2016
Levy’s nine novels have been translated into 49 languages and have sold over 31 million copies.
Huang Bin (黄斌), a film producer, agent, and director, announced he had secured the rights to the book at an event attended by Levy in Beijing on Monday.
The Shadow Thief is Levy’s 10th novel and is reportedly his most successful to date. It tells the story of a boy who has the power to steal other people’s shadows.
The book has sold close to three million copies in China, according to Tencent Entertainment.
Levy’s first published fiction, released in 1999, was turned into the Reese Witherspoon movie Just Like Heaven by Steven Spielberg in 2005. Levy also wrote the stories for My Friends, My Love (2008) and TV series Will You Be There? (2007).
Levy told local media said he had “found the best partner” in Huang, who will be adapting the book for a Chinese audience.
“I trust Huang Bin and his team,” Levy told local media. “They are a team with drive, and they have passion for film. Film belongs to those who have dreams and passion.”
Levy said he would consult and help market the movie which is expected to be released in spring 2018.