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17 April 2009  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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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."
 


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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

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

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

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