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Minding the Crap: Bing Liu Preps Fiction Debut “Preparation for the Next Life”

Minding the Crap: Bing Liu Preps Fiction Debut “Preparation for the Next Life”

He has been testing the waters for some time now in terms of fiction (with Chinks in active development) but Minding the Gap docu-helmer Bing Liu‘s fiction debut will be the book-to-film adaptation of the prize-winning novel Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish (his debut novel). Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Pastel’s Adele Romanski and Mark Ceryak, MGM Studios, and Orion Pictures are all getting behind the project. Production is set for this coming fall in New York city. They are currently casting the film.

Written by Polish-born American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok, this is about a Chinese Muslim refugee who is smuggled into the country in a truck and is determined to survive whatever America throws at her. After three months in detention, Zou Lei is released without explanation and finds her way to Queens, New York. She becomes romantically involved with an Iraq War veteran suffering from PTSD, initially connecting over a shared obsession with fitness.

We profiled Bing back in 2018, and among his top ten films of all time list he included Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Folks, that’s called serendipity!

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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