Writer and producer Jason Ning (“Lucifer,” “The Expanse”) has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television and is reportedly working on a TV series adaptation of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and the other four interlinked novels in Wang DuLu’s Crane Iron Pentalogy.
Published between 1938 and 1944, the books chronicle the struggles of four generations of youxia (ancient Chinese warrior folk heroes) and consist of (in chronological order): “Crane Startles Kunlun,” “Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin,” “Sword Force, Pearl Shine,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and “Iron Knight, Silver Vase”
The property has previously been adapted to the screen, notably Ang Lee’s celebrated and highly successful 2000 film starring Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat and Zhang Ziyi which, though titled after the fourth novel, uses elements from various books in the series.
Sony distributed the original film and recently regained the rights to the property through the first-look deal it had with Vertigo. Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Johnny Levin are attached as executive producers alongside Ning.
Ning currently serves alongside Angela Kang as co-executive producer on “Silk: Spider Society” – the first of several planned Marvel live-action series being produced by Sony Pictures Television for MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video. Amy Pascal, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also executive produce.
Ning recently worked with Damon Lindelof on the upcoming nuns vs. evil A.I. series “Mrs. Davis” for Peacock, and with Brad Falchuk on Netflix’s upcoming series “The Brother’s Sun”.