Based on the traditional Chinese “wuxia” (martial arts and chivalry) genre, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was praised for it’s story, cinematography and mind-blowing martial arts sequences. Now the long-awaited and long-rumored sequel could finally be shooting as early as May, thanks to Sony and the Weinstein Company having cleared up their battle over the rights to the source material.
You see, just because your company is in the middle of court doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the future. The studio has been ready for years and already have themselves a script developed thanks to writer John Fusco. The new movie would be based on the book Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the fifth of five books in the Crane-Iron pentalogy by Wang Du Lu. Thus, it would be a continuation of the story of Yu Shu Lien, played by Michelle Yeoh in the first flick (which was based on the fourth book). Read on after the jump.
According to Fusco, the sequel will introduce “a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil.” Sounds nice enough, but where do the high flying martial arts come in?
“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 is unknown at this time whether Yeoh or any of her Crouching Tiger co-stars will be making another appearance, but we can confirm that Ang Lee will not be returning, instead leaving the director’s chair open for a new, fresh individual to take over. The studio is currently chatting with director Ronny Yu (Fearless, Freddy vs. Jason) to fill that spot. Luckily, fight choreographer Woo-ping Yuen, the guy that made the first movie so kung-fu-tastic, is in talks and expected to make a return. It’s a shame that Ang won’t be coming back, I know, but he has apparently moved on to bigger and better things and the studio just isn’t willing to wait.
The release date hasn’t been announced and probably won’t for quite some time, but seeing as how everyone is jumping on this to get started filming before the summer we could expect the as-of-yet untitled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel in theaters sometime in 2014.