John Woo Heads for Big Budget 1949 Romance

Apparently sick and tired of chopping off heads and shooting people full of bullets, John Woo (pictured, left) is prepping a romance drama as his next film. He’ll be jumping onto the Chinese-language drama “1949” after finishing up the action epic “Red Cliff”. The film is supposedly based on real events, and is set at the end of WWII and the final years of the Chinese Civil War, and will star Chang Chen and Song Hye-kyo as the lovers. Wang Hui-ling, who co-wrote “Lust, Caution” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” for Ang Lee, wrote the script for 1949.

Variety has more:

Pic is a $40 million Chinese language epic produced by Woo and Terence Chang’s Lion Rock and Fortissimo Films handling worldwide rights outside China.

A $40 million dollar romance set in 1949 China? Why so much money for a little drama, John? Unless there’s plenty of war action to go along with the romance, perhaps? I knew John wouldn’t let me down and do a simple drama.

Song Hye-kyo (pictured, below) is a notable South Korean TV actress who is making her English-language debut in the movie “Fetish”. Chang Chen is currently starring in Woo’s “Red Cliff”, and was also in Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.

Shooting is scheduled for December in China and Taiwan for a 2009 release, just in time for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, apparently.

Song Hye-kyo