With China embroiled in a political scandal fit for a Hollywood thriller, and Hollywood eager to tap into China’s movie market as never before, The Atlantic’s Damien Ma takes a stab at what Bo Xilai: The Movie might look like:
EXT. HIGHWAY IN CHENGDU–NIGHT
SUPER: TWO NIGHTS AGO
A jeep careens into view and screeches onto the highway in this city, the capital of Sichuan province.
INT. INSIDE THE JEEP
At the wheel is a Chinese man of Inner Mongolian heritage. He wipes perspiration off his forehead and whips his neck around. In the rear view mirror, a fleet of police vehicles with flashing lights come into view. The faint sound of sirens grows louder.
This is Wang Lijun, until recently Bo Xilai’s police chief and right-hand man on fighting crime in Chongqing. If Bo is Rudy Giuliani, then Wang is his Bernie Kerik. Now, recently removed from his post, he is running for his life.
(muttering through clenched teeth)
Come on, come on, you’re gonna make it.
Wang cranes his neck around another time, fiddling with his glasses, which have fallen down his face. A blanket of police cruisers are gaining.
He glances at the passenger seat: a pistol rests on it.
He turns back to the road, steels his expression and floors the jeep.
A couple of miles ahead, a stately building rises into view. Standing before it is the star-spangled banner fluttering in the wind.
The news that the former Chongqing party chief deployed China’s state-financed surveillance apparatus to eavesdrop on President Hu Jintao and other leaders adds yet another layer to the mistrust and deception that has marked China’s biggest political scandal in years, but The Washington Post’s Michael Levy claims that the Bo Xilai saga has not and will not change the way
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