Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Sony Toys With Barbie Franchise
Mattel's powerhouse product steps up
First Images From Jurassic World
Bryce Dallas Howard is ready for her close-up
William Hurt Leaves Midnight Rider
As the producers scramble in the wake of a tragedy
Exclusive New Image From Bill
Get another look at the new Shakespeare comedy
Exclusive: Jurassic World Sequels Planned
Plus Colin Trevorrow on Omar Sy
Robert Downey Jr. Reveals First Official Pic From Age Of Ultron
Genius billionaire playboy publicist?
Roberto Orci Wants To Direct Star Trek 3
And he's splitting up his writing partnership with Alex Kurtzman
Jon Turteltaub Directing It's A Small World Movie For Disney
The ear worm ride is being adapted...
Jessica Chastain Goes Blonde
She's in talks to be Marilyn Monroe for Andrew Dominik's latest
Len Wiseman Opens Black Chapter
Paranormal espionage activity?
Andy Fickman Attending My Owner's Wedding
He's set for a new canine comedy
Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon
Update: Gordon's alive! At Fox!
Seeker Finds A Writer
Callie Kloves will adapt the YA novel
Adam Rifkin Chewing On Peeps
Producer buys sweet brand as next movie
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
22 April 2014
Empire's New Directors' Cut Cover Is Here
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Mann and more take over
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Reign Of Assassins (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Red Cliff (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Paycheck
Empire Star Rating
Windtalkers
Empire Star Rating
Mission: Impossible 2
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Exclusive: John Woo On His Next Project
It's a romance. With explosions.

17 April 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

submit to reddit

With his Chinese epic Red Cliff hoving over the horizon like some ginormous epic thing, John Woo took time out to tell us about his next project, and give us an update on Hard Boiled 2 and the return of twin handgun-toting supercop, Tequila.

Next up for Woo is another Chinese-language epic that sees him make a rare foray into romance. "It's like a Romeo and Juliet love story," he says. "A love story, but with war scenes." It will be set 2000 years and Woo is promising something on a similar scale to Red Cliff. Big, in other words.

So what of 1941, Woo's previously-announced historical epic? "I had to pass because we had so many problems with the people who owns the rights," the director told us. "We couldn't make a deal so I had to give it up. It's a little painful since we spent so long developing the story and we found very good actors."

There was good news and bad news for anyone yearning for another dose of bullet-spraying Inspector 'Tequila' Yuen. Hard Boiled 2 is in the works but may take some time to hit our screens. "I'm involved as producer. We're working on the script and I'm sure it's gonna be a very interesting movie, but it won't be ready until years from now." Action god, and Woo alter-ego, Chow Yun-Fat's involvement is still in the balance, according to Woo.

It's been six years since Woo's last Hollywood pic, and although he's settled in Beijing and has no immediate plans to return to the US, he's not ruling it out. "I will make more Chinese movies, but if I get a better script [from Hollywood] I will do it again."
 


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

World Excl: Jackson/Del Toro Talk Hobbit
The duo reveal the make-up of both films
Bruno Gets An R Rating After All
And new, hilarious pics go online

Your Comments

Hmm
But Hard Boiled 2 can never meet the standards of the original, its age has passed, they dont make things like that any more. More

Posted by rich at 20:15 on 20 April 2009 | Report This Post

T'is about time John Woo started making decent films again. Paycheck was rubbish! More

Posted by D.J at 20:10 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

Slow mo and bullits flying around a white pigeon, what a career! More

Posted by Geosolus at 11:32 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

Oh Yes!!!
Hard Boiled 2? Bring it on!!!! Woo's Hong Kong films are far better than his Hollywood outings. They were good, but not great. They do not compare to Hard Boiled, The Killer, Bullet in the Head, A Better Tomorrow, etc. I will be eagerly awaiting HB2. Do it in Hong Kong, not with Hollywood Woo!!! More

Posted by BubbaGump Shrimps at 08:06 on 19 April 2009 | Report This Post

@Vijayuk........I recently re-watched M:I:2 on dvd, and I was amazed at how stylish and different it was from the first (which for me is a classic post cold war thriller). And Broken Arrow is by far the most fun Travolta put on screen ever since Tarantino re-discovered him. Give em another look, they're great pics. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 23:17 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

@ boredbluekoala: I am amazed someone liked actually liked Broken Arrow and MI:2. Hard Target was decent along with F/Off, but best work are his fab Hong Kong thrilers. It's a relief that he has no plans to return to the US to make disappointing movies. And Hard Boiled 2 - has just made my day More

Posted by VijayUK at 10:37 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

Woo
Wow, the Woo man! I can hardly wait! You KNOW whatever it is, it will be GREAT! RT Ed - link removed More

Posted by rttech82 at 04:34 on 18 April 2009 | Report This Post

WOO-HOO!!
I loved Broken Arrow, Hard Target, Mission:Impossible 2 and Face Off. When is he gonna do that stuff again? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 23:06 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

More WOO!
And I'm talking about HARD BOILED, FACE/OFF, THE KILLER-style Woo! THAT'S WHAT I WANT! More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 22:33 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Mistake city
Looks like the temp wrote this news story. May need the once over. More

Posted by boriordan at 18:58 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post

Chow Mein. Bunny Chow. Chow...Yun?
The name's Fat. Chow Yun Fat. Chun is a Street Fighter. More

Posted by djshaiguy at 18:27 on 17 April 2009 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)