Is Teddy Chen’s The Guillotines Dead in the Cinematic Water?

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Unfortunately for us, it appears so. Although the project was scheduled to begin shooting this month, it would seem that a plethora of troubles have beset the entire production. According to We Pictures — who insists that the film is not a remake of the 1975 kung fu classic — “The Guillotines” has been suspended indefinitely due to scripting issues, which is odd, really, given that they’ve had two years to get this thing together. Additionally, rumors are also circulating that Chen has replaced Andrew Lau in the lead role, though this particular rumor was not properly addressed.

This is sad news, as I’d love to see the “Bodyguards and Assassins” director tackle a film featuring the titular weapon. Out of all the martial arts films I’ve seen — and let me just say that I’ve seen more than my fair share — the flying guillotine is easily one of my favorite gimmicks. Watching people decapitate their enemies with this device never grows old, even when the picture that features it is less than spectacular. Will “The Guillotines” ever get off the ground? I’m really not sure. I suppose we’ll just have to cross our fingers and see what fate has in store for this troubled production.

via Film Business Asia

Author: Todd Rigney

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    Wow. This must be the first time in recorded Hong Kong Cinema history that “script issues” has bothered anyone.