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David Duchovny Set to Play One of the Most Influential People in Chinese Modern History

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 9, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 9, 2010 |

Can you believe this: David Duchovny turns 50 years old this year. 50! And he pulls off that age very well. And yet, despite a 20-year career in Hollywood and considerable success with two television shows, Duchovny has never had a particularly successful movie on the big screen (if you exclude the original X-Files movie). In fact, I think Evolution may be his biggest box-office hit to date.

I doubt very much he’s going to turn that track record around with this project, but at least it sounds like an interesting one. Duchovny, through his own production company, is developing a movie as a starring vehicle for himself about the real-life experiences of journalist Edwin Maher.

The story of Edwin Maher is in a particularly well known one in America, at least, but there is some historical significance to it. Maher was a New Zealand newscaster, best known for being an off-beat weatherman. However, after the death of his wife from brain cancer, Maher took a trip to Beijing in 2003 to become a translator and somehow ended up becoming the first Western news anchor for a Chinese news station, where he found himself caught between being a mouthpiece for the Chinese communist government and speaking the truth. In the process, Maher became instrumental in the reform of the Chinese news media, which has apparently relaxed its censorship rules and opened up to some degree, particularly in the aftermath of the Sichuan earthquake. Maher is now considered one of the most influential people in China’d modern development.

Duchovny has had an interest in the project for a few years. The project has now received independent financing and is looking for a writer to pen the screenplay, though a start date appears to be on down the road some. Duchovny is currently appearing in “Californiacation” and is attached to three other projects in the early stages of development. He’ll be seen next in April’s The Jones, with Demi Moore and Amber Heard.

(Source: Hollywood Cog)

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