Amy Chua certainly captured the nation’s attention with her rather unorthodox parenting memoir—and Hollywood thinks Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother has big-screen potential. “Not only is there a movie here, I definitely think it's more than one movie,” says Ron Bass, who co-wrote and co-produced another movie about Chinese-American mother-daughter relationships: The Joy Luck Club.
And though Chua herself claimed to Stephen Colbert that her book is “supposed to be funny,” Bass says his hypothetical movie “wouldn’t be a comedy.” Another producer agrees that the memoir “absolutely has potential” to become a film. "There's some radical stuff here. To think of treating children like this. Those kids are going to be in therapy their entire lives,” he tells the Hollywood Reporter. “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."