Zwick will direct The Great Wall and is co-writing with longtime writing and producing partner Marshall Herskovitz based on a story by Legendary Entertainment chairman and CEO Thomas Tull and Max Brooks.
The project claims to reveal the mystery behind the structure and will be distributed in China by Legendary East’s co-production partner Huayi Brothers.
It is anticipated that Warner Bros will distribute throughout the rest of the world.
Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner of Atlas Entertainment alongside Zwick and Herskovitz.
“Legendary East has given us the chance to do what we most love – to create an adventure on a grand scale,” Zwick and Herskovitz said in a joint statement.
“Our partnership with Ed and Marshall is indicative of the creative ambition and financial commitment we are bringing to Legendary East — not next year or next month, but today,” said Legendary Entertainment chief creative officer Jashni, who also serves as an advisor to the Legendary East team.
“Their ability to translate a sense of history while communicating emotion and wonder has been proven repeatedly. The Great Wall exemplifies the type of globally-appealing, commercial movie we intend to have Legendary East become known for.”
“We always enjoy working with our friends at Legendary,” Roven added. “We share a great past, an amazing present and an anticipated future. Alex and I are also looking forward to working with Marshall and Ed whose work we have admired.”