If you’ve been waiting for Yuen Woo-ping’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny,” and you’d rather not brave the IMAX theaters when it opens stateside next year on August 28, 2015, looks like you’ll now have the choice to stream it using your Netflix account … on the same day as the film’s IMAX release.
This, as you can imagine, is a pretty big change in the way movies are being released these days, and from the sounds of it, the IMAX folks are not happy at all.
Variety says that two of the country’s biggest theater chains, Cinemark and Regal, are not taking the news well, and will refuse to screen the movie in their IMAX theaters because of the day-and-day release. No word if the Weinstein Company and Netflix still plan on going through with their deal despite this setback.
“Green Destiny” is the sequel to Ang Lee’s martial arts breakthrough flick “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” originally released way back in 2000. The film made a star out of Zhang Ziyi, and re-introduced Western audiences to the wuxia genre. It was a pretty awesome flick, so the fact that it’s taking the sequel 15 years to return to the big screen is surprising. Chinese cinema are known for cranking these sequels out, more so than Hollywood.
Taking over Lee’s place behind the camera is legendary martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping, the man who did the fight direction for “The Matrix” and “Kill Bill” movies. Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role from the original, with Donnie Yen joining the movie, which we’ll told will be “a story lost love, young love, a legendary sword and one last opportunity at redemption.”