Katzenberg's Tibet Film Won't Be Controversial, He Maintains
Mention Tibet and the image of the exiled Dalai Lama and the brutal suppression of Buddhist protesters comes to mind, but Jeffrey Katzenberg apparently believes he has found a way to skirt the controversy with his upcoming The Tibet Code, based on a ten-book Chinese series of novels that has sold over 10 million copies in China. In an interview with the state-run Xinhua News Service on Friday, Katzenberg said that he regards the books as a fantastic story. He dismissed the idea that the series could produce political debate. The books themselves are not political. The movie shouldn't be assumed to be controversial and political, he said. The Tibet Code, by He Ma, is a thriller written in the style of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code that Katzenberg has indicated he would like to develop into a franchise. It is due to be produced by Oriental DreamWorks, a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and the state-owned China Film Group.