Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel to Shoot in May

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Movie ImageA sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is happening — and I’m not talking about what some actor said over lunch or tossed out there during a press junket, either. This thing is going down — this May, in fact.

The Weinstein Company, who released the first movie 13 years ago, will be heading to China to shoot a sequel to the award-winning Ang Lee-directed film (it won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film), with Chinese action veteran director Ronny Yu in talks to take over directing duties.

Yu is no stranger to martial arts action, having directed the “Bride With White Hair” series back in the ’90s, and more recently the 2006 Jet Li martial arts flick “Fearless”. Hollywood fans might know him better as the director of “Freddy vs. Jason”, “The 51st State”, and “Bride of Chucky”. Admittedly, his Hollywood output have not exactly been stellar, but the guy certainly knows his way around high-flying Chinese kung fu masters with swords and other deadly objects.

The Weinstein Company have also set screenwriter John Fusco (“The Forbidden Kingdom”) to pen the script to the sequel, once again working off the same Chinese material by Du Lu Wang that Ang Lee and co-writer James Schamus had previously mined for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. The sequel will tackle “Silver Vase, Iron Knight”.

As for the plot of the sequel, Fusco tells Deadline:

This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. It’s so vast and rich, and I found characters from the second and third books in the series to create a most interesting stew while being as true to the source material as I could be.

Legendary Chinese fight choreographer Wo Ping Yuen (who is a renown martial arts movie director himself) is expected to re-join the sequel, having done the action honors on the 2000 original.

Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Movie Image

The sequel is expected to follow the adventures of Yu Shu Lien (played by Michelle Yeoh in the first movie).

Here’s a thought: If Yu does sign on to direct, what are the chances he can talk his “Fearless” star Jet Li onboard? Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh previously starred together in the 1993 movie “Tai-Chi Master”, so this would be a long-awaited reunion. After all, it’s not like Chow Yun Fat’s character (SPOILER!) is in any shape to return.

Then again, I also wouldn’t mind seeing Zhang Ziyi reprise her character Jen, the kung fu prodigy who caused all kinds of trouble in the first movie.

Author: Nix

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  • Jazz Bebop Justice

    “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is a classic. It’s a beautiful film and does NOT need a sequel. They need to leave this film alone and let it stand alone as the piece of art that it is.

    • Logan

      It will be the piece of art that it is even after the sequel!They can’t ruin a movie by making a sequel-reboot-remake!!!Why is it so hard for people to understand?

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Because people by nature hate change. Sorry get used to it.

        • Lexavi80

          I have nothing against change, but when we talk about movies we’re not talking about change. We’re talking about studios wanting to squeeze money out of a perfect film.

          I don’t want a sequel, but if is inevitable, I hope it have a soul like the original.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Based on a set of books, so the material was already written. So are we saying that the book sequels take away from the story of theoriginal? have you read said books?

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      The film is based on the second book I think of a trilogy. The other books are worth exploring as well.

      • Lexavi80

        I had no idea. If that’s the case, then I’m on board.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          Unfortunately, the books have not been translated to English, so i have not been able to read them. At least the last time I looked it up, it was not. I should try again.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I’m actually looking forward to this. First of all Wu is a pretty good Wuxia director, second Fusco actually modelled one of the villains of “Forbidden Kingdom” after the Bride with WHite hair character, and third Fusco is well versed in Chinese folklore and mythology so he’ll bring it. I’d love for Jet Li to show up in this, Donnie Yen as well. Li and Yeoh did have a reunino of sorts in the third Mummy movie, but would definitely love a bigger one here. Bring in Li Bing Bing, and throw in three actors from True Legend, Vincet ZHao, Zhou Xun, and Jay Chou.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I like Fusco as a writer, but when you couple that with Yu, this movie just doesn’t have the pedigree of Crouching Tiger. Forbidden Kingdom was quite decent, but Yu’s movies are subpar. And please, no Jet Li!

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

        In terms of behind-the-scenes people (writer/director), it actually has a more proven pedigree than CTHD. Remember, Ang Lee hadn’t done anything even close to martial arts when he directed CTHD. Likewise, the writer was James Schamus, who hadn’t written a martial arts film in his life.

        • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

          No, no experience in martial arts films, but neither had Yimou. But you knew it was going to be good, but they their previous works were really really good. They were already auteurs. Fusco, and Yu, we already know what they’ve done in this genre and neither are artisticly inclined.

          This this is going to be a totally different beast then CTHD. Hopefully these two guys can do the books some justice.

  • MisstressBunny

    OOps, You forget that Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh have played in another movie together. Mummy 3. I forget the correct title, but Jet was the evil emperor that was brought back to life. They had a great sword fight together.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Ah, good catch. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.