Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Magic Mike XXL Trailer Struts Onstage
It's not bro time, it's showtime
Emily VanCamp's Agent 13 Back For Captain America: Civil War
Reporting for duty
Jon Hamm Plans High Wire Act
Brad Anderson directing the '80s-set thriller
Ginnifer Goodwin Travels To Zootropolis
Jason Bateman is already in Disney's latest
Rosamund Pike, Jack O'Connell And More Board HHHH
Jason Clarke, Jack Reynor and Mia Wasikowska also join up
Meryl Streep Wants To Rock You In The Ricki And The Flash Trailer
Grammy Award voters, take note
Christoph Waltz Has The Worst Marriage In Georgetown
He'll make his directorial debut and star in the crime drama
Kevin James Finds True Memoirs Of An International Assassin
Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow will call the shots
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
03 May 2015
Tim Blake Nelson Joins Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
For director Ang Lee
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Life Of Pi (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Empire Star Rating
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Lust, Caution (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Fearless (2006)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Crouching Tiger Sequel Planned
But no Ang Lee this time...

24 January 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

On a day when this wasn’t being reported, news that The Weinstein company is spearheading a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon might be the biggest news of the day. But it’s true: shooting is set to start in May.

“That’s interesting,” we hear you thinking, “so this is what Ang Lee is doing next?” But we have to stop you there. The director who brought the original to such lyrical, treetop-fighting life is not involved this time around. Instead, the producers are in talks with veteran Chinese director Ronny Yu.

John Fusco has already adapted the script from Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth book in Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron Pentalogy (Crouching Tiger was the fourth) and the story continues to focus on Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien, though the actress isn’t yet committed to reprise the role.

“This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil,” Fusco tells Deadline. "It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. It’s so vast and rich, and I found characters from the second and third books in the series to create a most interesting stew while being as true to the source material as I could be.”

It’s likely that the Weinsteins would have tried to get this moving sooner, but they have been caught up in legal squabbles with Sony over the rights to the source material. But now TWC is moving full steam ahead, with more than $20 million to spend making the follow-up. We’re keeping our swords crossed it lives up to the 2001 original. In the meantime, there was some other Michelle Yeoh-starring wu xia action yesterday in the UK trailer for Reign Of Assassins, which you can see here.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Upside Down Trailer Lands
Jim Sturgess finds love above
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

Your Comments

O.O
Ooooh!!!! That sounds terrific :D I loved the first film!!! More

Posted by DanielThorin at 18:43 on 25 January 2013 | Report This Post

There have already been sequels to CTHD
We haven't exactly been suffering from CTHD withdrawal. So there may not have been an official sequel, but let's be honest, Hero, House of Flying Daggers et al are really sequels in all but name. The visual style, broad themes and choreography are shared. They differ on plot and characterisation: not the reasons we - in the West at least - all watched those films. More

Posted by launcelot at 18:27 on 25 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE:
I'm upset that Ang Lee won't be involved, but Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of my favourite movies of all time, so I'm always up for more. I wish there were a part for Zhang Ziyi in there, because so much of that film's energy comes from the two lead actresses, and Ziyi is definitely one of the best China has to offer now. Fingers crossed at least Yeoh signs up for it, though. More

Posted by AxlReznor at 08:04 on 25 January 2013 | Report This Post

Very much interested! More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 01:17 on 25 January 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
General Election 2015 Photoshop Special: Empire's Movie Cabinet
Vote for Smaug!

Chris Rock: Role By Role
The comedian talks us through his hits and misses

Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)