John Woo’s Stranglehold Gets Director, Some Progress

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ScreenDaily has an article about the current slate of films being teed up by the Chinese-based production company Homerun Asia, one of which is the long-in-gestating John Woo “Stranglehold”. According to SD, the film, based on the Woo-produced videogame “Stranglehold”, has found a director in Hong Kong actor Stephen Fung (“House of Fury”), and the plan is to shoot the movie in Singapore and the U.S. with a $20 million dollar budget.

Previous reports has “Stranglehold” being a prequel to Woo’s “Hard-Boiled”, that would follow a younger version of Tequila (the character played by familiar Woo muse Chow Yun Fat in the movie). The film will be based on the videogame, which if you’ve never played it, is basically the Chinese equivalent of the “Max Payne” games, which is ironic given that the “Max Payne” games were homages to Woo’s movies.

Terence Chang and John Woo will produce “Stranglehold”, which is still looking for a start date.

John Woo's Stranglehold, starring a Chinese Max Payne.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    If they don’t get Chow Yun Fat to reprise the role I will be so mad! Since the game is a sequel and the film is now following the game, then he should be in it.

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

      I’m pretty sure Fat has long since retired his two-fisted gun action pose.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Sad sad news indeed. Hmms Well whoever use they can;t use the videogame box art. Isn’t that being used by that flick with Josh Hartnet or whatever? Lol. Hmmms who should they use?

    • erick

      Can’t think of too many American or Hong Kong-based actors who’d have the presence and charisma of a pre-Hollywood Chow Yun-fat. In a perfect world, there’s a relative unknown a la Chris Pine/”Star Trek” somewhere. Either way, it’d be great to see a new gunplay action movie out of Hong Kong.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

    If they don’t get Chow Yun Fat to reprise the role I will be so mad! Since the game is a sequel and the film is now following the game, then he should be in it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      I’m pretty sure Fat has long since retired his two-fisted gun action pose.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

        Sad sad news indeed. Hmms Well whoever use they can;t use the videogame box art. Isn’t that being used by that flick with Josh Hartnet or whatever? Lol. Hmmms who should they use?

    • erick

      Can’t think of too many American or Hong Kong-based actors who’d have the presence and charisma of a pre-Hollywood Chow Yun-fat. In a perfect world, there’s a relative unknown a la Chris Pine/”Star Trek” somewhere. Either way, it’d be great to see a new gunplay action movie out of Hong Kong.

  • bablu

    i want john woo to be the director and chow yun fat to play his part in the movie

  • bablu

    i want john woo to be the director and chow yun fat to play his part in the movie