‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny’ To Begin Filming In March 2014

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Life of Pi director Ang Lee’s seminal martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a surprise hit worldwide, and with a $128 million box office take in the United States, stands as the highest-grossing foreign film of all time. It’s elegant, high-flying action earned it a place near the top of our list of 12 Great Martial Arts Movie Fight Scenes, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for six other Oscars, including Best Picture. It remains an iconic martial arts drama to this day.

Reports of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 originally surfaced earlier this year, with The Weinstein Company looking to start production in May of this year. Since this month is nearly over, it looks like that particular timetable has been pushed back. Original reports mentioned that the Weinsteins were fighting with Sony over the rights to the original author’s work, but it appears that any rights issues have been settled. News on the sequel has surfaced yet again, and as has been previously reported, Ang Lee will not be returning as director.

Crouching Tiger Sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny To Begin Filming In March 2014

The Weinstein Company has announced that Wo Ping Yuen is set to direct Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 – The Green Destiny, with a script by John Fusco (Spirit, Hidalgo), and will go before cameras in March of 2014. Wo Ping is a master stunt coordinator, having worked on the original, and whose long list of credits include Kill Bill: Vol. 2, The Grandmaster, and Kung Fu Hustle. Michelle Yeoh will reprise her role as swordstress Yu Shu Lien, with Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf.

Despite the  fairly self-contained nature of the original film, it was based on the fourth of a five-book series – commonly known as the “Crane Iron Pentalogy” – by Chinese author Wang Dulu, which were originally published between 1938 and 1942. The fifth book, titled Iron Knight, Silver Vase, will form the basis of the sequel, and was originally the film’s title, according to previous reports. The plot concerns the son of one of the characters of the original (the Iron Knight) and how he is switched as a child with a baby girl (the Silver Vase) and his attempt as an adult to find his true identity. Expect the film’s plot to take great liberties.

Harvey Weinstein gushed about working with Master Yuen: “He is a first-class director and choreographer, and I am thrilled to be teaming up with him once more. With John Fusco’s incredible script and the dream team of Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh we are in great shape.” While this should no doubt bring a solid cast and crew, the cornball title (the Green Destiny was the sword in the first one, we know) and conspicuous absence of Ang Lee may very well point to a simple cash grab, with new director Wo Ping’s action-centered resume a sign that the sequel will focus more on spectacle than the impressively deep characterization of the original. This is still a beloved property however, and thirteen years later there remains a core group of fans that might stay away in droves if the filmmakers drop the ball.

No news yet on a release date, but stay tuned for more information as things develop.

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Source: The Weinstein Company

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  1. Well there’s a straight to DVD title if I’ve ever heard one.

  2. It’s one of my favourite movies but any interest I would have in a sequel is 100% dependant on Ang Lee being there. That said I’m sure I’ll end up seeing it anyway.

    • That sort of humourous of sorts, since as the article states, the movie you love is a sequel in and of itself, based on the books (4th of 5). Anyways, personally, I look forward to seeing more of this pentalogy.

      • @Joer. That may be true but it’s the first filmed version of one of these books and is a completely self-contained experiance. My lack of interest comes from the fact that Ang Lee was able to make a martial arts movie that was; sweepingly cinematic, romantic, thrilling, epic and humorous. I firmly believe this follow-up will deliver on the martial-arts front, but fall short on the other elements that made Crouching Tiger so special. That said I’m sure it’ll still be enjoyable on some levels but I’ll lower my expectations for this one.

        • @MarkBartlett
          I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  3. In 13 years the film environment has changed considerably; what is expected of a movie (to compete) and the “offspring” of the original CROUCHING TIGER has altered not only the domain of such filmmaking but the expectation of a older and newer audience for this kind of fare.

    For the Weinsteins, it is a cash-grab; for the moviegoer, it’s a wild card.

    Wo Ping is a championship “action” director; and, while she is an extremely talented actress, Michelle Yeoh will have to carry any dramatic weight in the film pretty much on her own without Chow Yun-Fat bringing the pathos.

    Feeling here is…this movie will not be for fans of the original but rather those uninformed.

  4. Once they pretended that those well trained in martial arts could basically fly and/or make themselves light enough to stand on branches that couldn’t possibly support a human the original movie became a cartoon. Had they made the characters limited to earthly physics I could have enjoyed the first, but I really couldn’t see what the big fuss was about. I guess it was all the love story under pinnings that basically made it so popular…

    • I disagree, the crazy physics are a HUGE part of the first films appeal.

      • Back in the 80′s I remember some channel had Kung-Fu movies every Saturday or such. These Asian imports were like this, but much funnier. They did things like jump up a hundred foot cliff from a stand without much of a crouch or run across water (I think this movie did that too) and other impossible feats. Add to that the strange english dubbing and it was a real hoot. When I watched the original movie it just reminded me of those silly movies because they went beyound reality with the martial arts. It’s much better to stretch the possibilites than to make them supernatural.

  5. I’m very interested to see how this turns out, but at least they’ve got a director with experience who knows how to handle the material, although they should just call this film ‘The Green Destiny’ and nothing more, the current title makes it sound like a cash-in sequel…

    • Agreed. The Green Destiny’s a far better title.

  6. Now here is a sequel I’m down for!

  7. I’m Chinese and know a lot about gung fu, wuxia or martial art movies or series.

    Ang Lee has gone too far in making those martial arts without weight, same with Zhang Yimou in hero.

    Not even in some fantasy gung fu or martial art novel like written by Jin Yong ancient martial artist could do such a thing.

    I agree a bit more realistic would be more beautiful.

    By the way, the art to lightening the body is called qinggong

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qinggong

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