"It's about a kid coming of age, realizing what he wants out of life"
Eddie Huang has discussed his upcoming debut film.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Fresh Off The Boat author Eddie Huang discussed his upcoming “semi-autobiographical” debut film.
The untitled film is about a Taiwanese Chinese kid from New York City’s Flushing who becomes a basketball player.
“It’s about a kid who has all the best intentions, all the ability in the world, but he has to learn to, like, live to fight another day,” Huang says.
Hollywood has taught Huang a tough lesson, which he will incorporate into the character. “Just cause you’re right, just because you got talent doesn’t mean everything’s going to go your way,” Huang says. “You have to sacrifice, you have to compromise, and then you have to pick your battles. And when you pick them, you better win them.”
“It’s simple, but it’s written in a very specific voice, specific to my experiences in my community and the life that I came from,” he adds.
The script is currently in rewrite and has been purchased by Focus Features. Huang intends to direct the film.
Huang is also writing a new book that deals with violence in his life.