January 27th, 2011
06:16 PM ET
Amy Chua's controversial motherhood memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," may be getting the big-screen treatment.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the producers behind "The Joy Luck Club" hope to make a movie based on Chua's headline-making best-seller, in which she advocates traditional Chinese parenting methods—forced piano lessons, no television or sleepovers—that some say are extreme.
Ron Bass, who co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay for "The Joy Luck Club," believes "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" has all the makings of a blockbuster — or two.
"I was tempted to say, 'Nah, there's nothing here,'" he recalls of his initial reaction to Chua's book. "And then I was going to have my agent find out if the rights were available. Not only is there a movie here, I definitely think it's more than one movie."
Though Bass won't reveal any further details, he does allow, "It wouldn't be a comedy."
Co-producer Patrick Markey agrees. "There's some radical stuff here," he says. "To think of treating children like this. Those kids are going to be in therapy their entire lives. It may not be a glowing portrayal of motherhood and raising kids. But there's certainly a hell of a lot of controversy right now."
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