Showrunners/Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Gabriel Ho
Cast: Michelle Yeoh
Why Open: More to come, but the iconic hero of so many, Michelle Yeoh, who has “shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades” gets her well-deserved Star Trek series. CAPE New Writers Fellowship alums Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt are Showrunning and are writing the pilot and other episodes.
Director: Chloe Zhao
Synopsis: Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The A Highwayman Films, Hear/Say Productions, and Cor Cordium Production film is based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, which McDormand and producer Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name) optioned soon after it was published in 2017.
Producer: Janet Yang
Songwriter: Helen Park
Synopsis: “Over the Moon” is a musical adventure feature film about a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
Why Open: Featuring a to-be-announced Asian female character and story, and produced by the legendary Janet Yang of the Joy Luck Club.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Writers: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producers: Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian
Synopsis: A home-schooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.
Why Open: High off their success from the critically-acclaimed, inventive thriller, SEARCHING, Aneesh, Sev, and Natalie are back with yet more suspenseful art.
Synopsis: Kogonada’s film, based on a sci-fi short story, will star a to-be-casted new face Asian.
Director: Tom Waller
Writer: Tom Waller
Synopsis: Thai soccer team rescue.
Why Open: From Thai-Irish Writer/Director Tom Waller, The Cave explores the triumphant rescue of a young Thai soccer team.
Director: Quek Shio-Chuan, Ho Yu-Hang
Cast: Huang Peijia, Wu Kang Ren, Ludi Lin, Tian Tze Kuang
Writer: Kai Yu Wu
Creator: Choo Yangsze
Synopsis: Based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo, the story is set in 1890s Colonial-era Malacca and sees a woman receive a proposal from a wealthy family to become the ghost bride of their recently deceased son. The position is financially lucrative, but means she will be haunted for the rest of her life. Her escape is even more complicated.
Why Open: The Ghost Bride is an adaptation of a New York Times bestseller of the same name created by Yangsze Choo. The 6-part series takes a refreshing production approach of featuring dual directors and a team of international screenwriters with established Hollywood American-Taiwanese TV writer Kai Yu Wu as head writer.
Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century later, there is still no end in sight to the destruction, then, an Avatar named Aang discovers that he has the power to control the four elements. He joins forces with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance and harmony to their world.
Why Open: This one won’t be whitewashed.