Ping Pong Diplomacy

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Release Date: to be announced

Production Companies:
Village Roadshow, Story Mining & Supply Co.

Status: In Development

Screenwriter: Patrick Burleigh, Will Widger
Script: Book Adaptation

Genre: Drama, Sports, True Story
About the film:
The story centers on the 1971 Table Tennis World Championships in Japan, where American player Glenn Cowan accidentally stumbled onto the Chinese team's bus after a practice. The unlikely friendship that ensued between Cowan and Zhuang Zedong, China's top player, set the media ablaze and drove both administrations scrambling at the highest levels. The chance encounter led to an historic summit between Nixon and Mao, the first of its kind in over two decades.

Project Timeline:
Aug. 18, 2014: Project announced.
Oct. 20, 2014: Writer: Patrick Burleigh, Will Widger

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