Jiangsu Cultural Industry Group is working with American entertainment company Viridian and British investors to bring the movie based on the late Iris Chang's book "The Rape of Nanking -- The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II" to theaters by year's end, Xinhua news agency said Thursday.
"We hope we can make the film a classic on a massacre in the Second World War, just like ... 'Schindler's List'," said Gerald Green, the American producer of the movie.
Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning "Shindler's List" depicted Nazi atrocities against Jews during WWII.
Li Xiangmin, chairman of Jiangsu Cultural Industry Group, said the $28.5 million movie will be completed by Sept. 1 and debut in China before the massacre's 70th anniversary in December. A worldwide release is planned for spring 2008, he said.
While the Japanese government has officially recognized that atrocities occurred, some of the country's right-wingers contend no massacre occurred and only military personnel died.