Teddy Chen’s (“Bodyguards and Assassins”) revamp of the 70s classic action flick “The Flying Guillotines” has been in the works for some time. But now it looks like all that waiting has paid off, and the project has been given the green light.
Here’s a synopsis from 24 Frames Per Second:
Arguably history’s first SWAT team, this covert assassination squad of the emperor was composed of young street thugs who had been killing for food and survival since they were kids. Trained to use the Flying Guillotines, the deadliest weapon ever invented, they competed with one another to be the best killer. Merciless and arrogant, they live life in the fast lane, until one day it was revealed they’ve been killing the wrong people for the wrong side. As they were ambushed by another team of killers, and the hunters became the hunted, they were forced to kill for their survival again or faced imminent annihilation.
With a budget equivalent of $15 million, filming is scheduled to begin in April, with an eye on a release in late 2011 or early 2012. “Guillotines” will star Ethan Ruan and Huang Xiaoming, with fight choreography by Yuen Bing.