Hollywood Wants Tiger Mother Movie

Could Amy Chua's story be the next Joy Luck Club ?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 9:12 AM CST
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: Amy Chua's Controversial Memoir Would Make Great Movie, Producers Say
In this file book cover image released by The Penguin Press, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," by Amy Chua, is shown.   (AP Photo/The Penguin Press, FILE)

Amy Chua certainly captured the nation’s attention with her rather unorthodox parenting memoir—and Hollywood thinks Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother has big-screen potential. “Not only is there a movie here, I definitely think it's more than one movie,” says Ron Bass, who co-wrote and co-produced another movie about Chinese-American mother-daughter relationships: The Joy Luck Club.

And though Chua herself claimed to Stephen Colbert that her book is “supposed to be funny,” Bass says his hypothetical movie “wouldn’t be a comedy.” Another producer agrees that the memoir “absolutely has potential” to become a film. "There's some radical stuff here. To think of treating children like this. Those kids are going to be in therapy their entire lives,” he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “It may not be a glowing portrayal of motherhood and raising kids, but there's certainly a hell of a lot of controversy right now."
(Read more Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother stories.)

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