'Tiger Mother' to become a movie?
January 27th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

'Tiger Mother' to become a movie?

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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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Samuel

    I hope this movie will not serve as an inspiration for parents to bring their children up in a way Amy promotes in her book. Her approach is completely wrong since it lacks the balance between the aspirations of a parent and the actual capacity of a child to perform well. Moreover she can really damage the reputation of those Chinese parents who don't subscribe to that theory.

    January 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kaamna

    oh lord save us all. after the deluge of follow-up articles, the last thing any parents would want is MORE analysis and scrutiny on parenting styles. we're conscious enough as it is.

    Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan
    CEO+Founder, Momaboard.com

    January 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bob

    I've already seen "Mommy Dearest."

    January 28, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. sabrheya

    maybe crouching tiger lol i cant stop laughing thats going to be my facebook status lmoa

    January 28, 2011 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. sabrheya

    lol do it really lol

    January 28, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. oh my

    How sick and weird.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gabe Kaplan

    They already did this movie. It was called "The Joy Luck Club", also known as "The Joy Ruck Crub" if you're Asian American.

    January 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |

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