Sony Pictures adaption is, however, taking square aim at the international market, lining Chinese co-production companies and searching for a Chinese lead. Jason Keller (Escape Plan) wrote the script for the film, which will follow the usual story of the young female warrior taking her sick father's place in the Chinese Imperial Army.
Graves, who made a couple of movies in the 1990s but has since gone on to have big success on TV, was an executive producer and director on The West Wing – for which he won two Emmy Awards – and has overseen episodes of some very successful TV series, including House Of Cards, Homeland and Game Of Thrones.
Despite the monolithic competition from the Mouse House, the Sony version is still coming together, but has yet to announce a release date. Walt Disney Pictures' version is targeting a 2018 release and is currently looking to lock in a director.