Newswire: Harry Potter producer David Heyman is making a movie about warrior cats

David Heyman, a producer on the Harry Potter series, has seen the kinds of movies being developed to appeal to both Chinese and Western audiences, and he has come away unimpressed. He says they typically feel “forced,” as if the filmmakers and the studios just “want Chinese money.” To try and change that, the Associated Press is reporting that Heyman has teamed up with Chinese film company Alibaba Pictures to develop a movie based on Warriors, a dramatically sprawling series of cat-based fantasy novels written by Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, and Tui Sutherland (all under the pseudonym Erin Hunter).

It may seem like an odd concept, but the series—which consists of six sub-series—is very popular in certain markets, including China, so an adaptation of some sort seems like an obvious decision. That being said, the Warriors universe also seems extremely complicated, with warring clans of rival cats vying …

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