And now the veteran producer has found the perfect project to honor his Chinese roots - an adaptation of a Chinese love story set against World War II-era Shanghai, where many European Jews sought refuge from persecution.
Medavoy announced yesterday that he and partner Shanghai Film Group will turn Chinese author Bei La's "The Cursed Piano" into a feature film and shoot an accompanying six-hour TV mini-series exploring the Jewish experience in Shanghai, based on the Daniella Kuhn story "Tears of the Sparrow."
"I feel a great deal of responsibility to get this story told," Medavoy said.
"My fear is based on the fact that I have to measure up not only to the standards that these gentlemen have set for the project," he said, referring to his Chinese partners, "but also to my own standards and the standards my parents brought to me when they decided to have me born here."
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