John Cusack Reunites with '1408' Director
Gong Li will also star in 'Shanghai'
According to Variety, Hafstrom is set to direct John Cusack and Gong Li in Hossein Amini's script for "Shanghai."
The trade paper says that "Shanghai" would feature Cusack as an American who returns to Japanese-occupied China shortly before Pearl Harbor. Naturally he begins investigating a murder, falls in love and uncovers a vast government conspiracy of some sort.
The drama is set up at the Weinstein Co. with Mike Medavoy's Phoenix Pictures producing. The plan is to actually shoot the movie in China early next year.
If we were being mean to Gong Li, we'd call her the star of "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Miami Vice" and "Hannibal Rising." More charitable people would focus on credits like "Raise the Red Lantern," "Farewell My Concubine" and "Temptress Moon."
Cusack's "1408" follow-up "Martian Child" failed to ignite any box office flames, but the "Better Off Dead" star's next project, "Grace Is Gone," has been stirring Oscar buzz since Sundance.