China Has a Change of Heart on Filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud
September 12, 2015•28 min
French director Jean-Jacques Annaud has made movies around the world. The one place he never thought he’d made a movie was China. The government there got upset about his film Seven Years in Tibet, and Annaud and star Brad Pitt were told they were not welcome in the country. So Annaud was quite surprised to receive a visit from Chinese producers asking him to adapt the best selling Chinese novel Wolf Totem into a film. Annaud shares why China changed its mind on him, what it takes to make a hit there, and what it was like working with lots of Mongolian wolves. He also remembers his friend and frequent collaborator James Horner.
Photo: Director Jean-Jacques Annaud on the set of Wolf Totem. Courtesy of Columbia Pictures