New ‘Hard Boiled’ Is A ‘Preboot,’ NOT A Sequel

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:24 am,

hard boiled header New Hard Boiled Is A Preboot, NOT A Sequel

Last week Screen Rant reported that there would be another Hard Boiled movie and that it would be a sequel to the original. Well now it turns out that this new film won’t be a sequel but actually a prequel or a reinvention of some kind.

It was a assumed that since Chow Yun-Fat’s production company Lions Rock Entertainment was developing a feature film version of the video game Stranglehold (which is itself a sequel to Hard Boiled ), that the film would also be a sequel. But TwitchFilm.com recently had the chance to interview John Woo’s production partner Terrence Chang, who confirmed that this new film won’t be a sequel but rather a reinvention. Check out what he had to say below:

“We are now developing a movie of STRANGLEHOLD, and just signed the writers Fabrizio & Passmore. It will be a hardcore action film set in both Hong Kong and Chicago. We will keep some of the action set pieces of the game, but the story is different. It is a total reinvention, with a much younger Tequila. In other words, it is not a sequel to HARD-BOILED.”

Although he mentions that it’s a “total reinvention,” he also mentions it’ll feature a “much younger Tequila,” which leads to the assumption that it will be a combination of a reboot and a prequel. Sadly, that effectively puts to rest my hope that Chow Yun-Fat will be back to star as Inspector Tequila. I know there are ways they could apply CGI or make-up effects to make him seem much younger, but because of the way Chang made a point to mention the fact it will feature a much younger version of the Inspector, it leads me to believe they are planning on getting a much younger actor. Which is kind of disheartening since along with the action, Chow Yun-Fat was what made the original film.

At least Chow Yun-Fat will still be involved with his production company on the film, and I’m sure since it’s one of the films he’s associated with (still to this day), that he’ll make sure it turns out well, whoever they get to play Tequila.

KFCC is reporting that Korean director Stephen Fung (House of Fury ) is in talks to direct the film, and we already know writers Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio have been signed on to write the screenplay. It’s still not known if John Woo is involved in any way, although since his long-time production partner Chang is obviously on-board, I think he will probably end up being involved in some capacity. However I suspect it’ll only be on some sort of Executive Producer front (which we all know usually is just a labelling technique to garner a film more attention), but wouldn’t it be just great if he shocked and came back to direct again?

I was more looking forward to a straight sequel to Hard Boiled than I am now about any sort of reboot or prequel. Really the only thing keeping me hopeful about it is the fact Chow Yun-Fat’s production company is still involved.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see if they’re able to reach anywhere near the level of the kick-ass original.

What do you think of this new Hard Boiled film being a prequel/reboot? Would you rather see the continuation of Inspector Tequila’s story or find out what happened before what we already know?

Sources: /Film , KFCC and TwitchFilm

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  1. John Woo wouldn’t do anything to help the film. All he knows now is “cool” gimmicks to sell his film. Here’s the formula:

    -slow motion, lots and lots of slow motion, it doesn’t even need to be an action scene, because he thinks it’s “artistic.” But in reality, it’s just “annoying.”
    Explosion? Slow motion
    Car driving away? Slow motion
    Taking a sip of tea? Slow motion
    You get the point.

    -White doves: I mean, come on, how much more poetic can you get than white doves flying? (in slow motion of course) But come on, think of something else, it’s almost like the white doves handlers have stock in John Woo movies or something…

    -motorcycles: Either the protagonist has to be riding a motorcycle at some point or the main badguy, or there’s a motorcycle chase (with lots of slow motion, that’s a given) somewhere in the movie, etc.

    -sunglasses: It doesn’t matter if the movie takes place mostly in the dark, the super cool protagonist has to always sport some hip looking shades, because why bother fighting crime if you can’t be cool while doing it?

    -trenchcoats: And what goes better with cool sunglasses than a cool trenchcoat of some kind? And how cool does a swirling trenchcoat look in SLOW MOTION?? Yah, so awesome! *rolls eyes*

    -long hair: short and neat hair are for squares, the protagonist is too cool for that, he has to have long straight hair. And like everything else, it looks cooler in slow motion.

    -dual wielding pistols: Sights on weapons?? psssshhhh, aiming with the sights is soooo overrated. “Normal” people need to use sights to shoot accurately, but the protagonist in John Woo movies aren’t normal. They can just hold two handguns in front of them, firing them at the same time (in slow motion), not even look at the sights, and still hit his targets more accurately than an enemy using their sights.

    And the last thing is, not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but another thing about John Woo movies that I’m a bit sick of is the SLOW MOTION!!!

    Oh, I did mention that before, lol.

  2. Where do you get the information that Lion Rock is “Chow Yun-Fat’s production company”? I don’t think he owns any of it.

  3. So there’s no John Woo or Chow Yun-Fat but it’s off the Hard Boiled story arc? Haven’t we learned this lesson already?

    The Crow 2
    Predator 2
    Exorcist 2
    The Next Karate Kid
    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    Changing lead+director usually ends in disaster. One or the other is interchangeable ( Alien/Aliens )but hardly ever both.

  4. Hey Predator 2 was alright! It cannot compete with the Schwarzenegger classic, true, but on it’s own, it is a good movie!

  5. Yeah, I liked Predator 2. Because of that we have the wonderful fact that Bill Paxton has faced terminator, predator and alien! :D

    Agree, Ross, sounds like it won’t be Chow in the main action role and that’s no good.

  6. Next time you read read ironic hipsters complaining about Woo’s “annoying” trademarks, ask if they actually are there in most of his movies. Take pigeons. Woo sometimes shows them but I don’t remember seeing any in A Better Tomorrow 1-2, Bullet in the Head, Windtalkers, Broken Arrow, Just Heroes, Once a Thief, Last Hurrah for Chivalry, Heroes Shed No Tears, etc. A bunch of films of varying quality, with quite different styles & contents. My point is that many people seem to have an imaginary Woo film in their heads with lots of “pretentious” slo-mo, two gun poses and pigeons, which they use to reinforce a cliché view of Woo’s style instead of sampling his work which could hold some surprises. Like it or hate it, who needs a Hard-Boiled sequel with no JW touch?

  7. Predator 2 is very underrated!

    I do not remember pigeons in Hard Target. Slow-mo yes, but no pigeons. Nor did Van Damme wield two pistols, I think.

  8. @Ken J,

    But isn’t seeing a guy jumping through the air firing two handguns, taking out a dozen guys in the process, all that more kick-ass if we can see it in slow-motion?:P

    I can see where you’re coming from with Woo (and the majority of directors) using the same techniques again and again but personally, in Woo’s case specifically, I don’t mind it. I love it when you can tell that it’s a certain director’s film because of certain things within – it’s what makes them what they are as filmmakers. Isn’t the slow-motion thing part of Woo’s style? It’s not as if he’s just using if for the sake of it (perhaps you may see it that way, though).

  9. I like Stephen Fung. Enter the Phoenix is about the funniest movie I have seen in quite some time and House of Fury was a cute film kids and adults could watch together. I believe Stephen is originally from Toronto (as are a number of the younger HK stars like Edison “Pornmaster” Chen)
    Not sure who could play a younger Tequila though, prob Shawn Yue he seems to be the only young action star working in what’s left of HK Cinema anyway and he always plays younger versions of 40-50 HK stars.

    For those mocking John Woo’s style as trite and overdone you must remember that he did it first and in a handful of movies and that all these crappy hollywood imitators like the Waj Bros., Brett Ratner and or any Joel Silver produced action film are the ones that played things out with ridiculous wire work, slow motion bullets, ect.

  10. @Ross

    It’s definitely his style, but in my opinion it’s not a very creative one. To me it seems like he’s trying too hard to seem poetic and it’s a little annoying. I don’t mind slow motion to tell you the truth, there are some great moments in slow motion, but using it ALL THE TIME for EVERY STUPID THING is not creative. I’m serious when I say Woo slow mo’s everything. Watch some of his movies and not only are key action scenes in slow motion, but he’ll slow-mo someone turning their head, someone getting out of a car, someone taking off a scarf (that majestically flies away while a white doves flies by), it’s like come on… I swear if some of his movie had no slow motion it would have been 30 minutes shorter…

    His older Chinese movies weren’t bad, but mainly because it wasn’t a gimmick then, the slow motion was used for dramatic effect. It just seems like it’s an overused gimmick now.

    Most recently, I watched a kung fu movie called Ip Man (WATCH IT NOW!!) it has slow motion in its fight scenes, but only at very key moments. The majority of it isn’t. And on top of the overall amount being less, the moments they use slow motion were very carefully picked and added to the fight scenes. I LOVED the way slow motion was used in that film. It CAN be done to great effect.

    John Woo’s Face Off had some great moments of slow motion, like the boat flying through the air with the two characters flying along with it. But someone drinking something, turning their head, taking off sunglasses, etc. really shouldn’t be in slow motion. Even action scenes, I like the frenzy and flurry of bullets hitting everywhere and flying past and fast shooting more than an entire shoot out in slow motion. Look at Equilibrium, they made sure not to slow motion the action scenes (actually increasing speeds at some points) because the whole point is how fast and good he is. And come on, don’t tell me you weren’t blown away at the style of those action scenes.

    Anyway, I’m just not a fan of Woo’s style lately, the whole long dark hair, trenchcoat, and sunglasses thing is very immature to me, something I thought was cool maybe 10 years ago. I’d much rather see soeone that actually looks like they have been dedicated to training him/herself in combat, maybe someone with a more military clean cut look, even someone that might seem kind of “lame” in his social life but just so kick ass in firearms that he’s unstoppable.

    But it’s just my own opinion, obviously, John Woo has plenty of fans, and for good reason, people like his style, I simply don’t. But I don’t limit it only to John Woo, a big reason why I didn’t like Matrix 2 and 3 was because after Neo discovered his powers, he started strutting around always wearing his sunglasses and being all “cool” for the next two movies and I thought it was kind of lame. I liked him better when he was just in there to do a job and stay alive. But at least for him I could see the reasoning behind his transformation, but the other characters seemed to have done the same too. They were always “cool” even in the first one, but I felt it seemed like they got even more robotic and looked more like they were posing everywhere they went than a bunch of people there to kick ass and take names in the sequels. And I also liked the “bullet time” and other slow motion effects better in the first one since it was used sparingly, but it was just a constant barrage of it in the sequels to the point where it loses its charm in my opinion.

    That helicopter scene sticks in my head as being the coolest scene in any of the Matrix movies. The slow motion use was perfect as it showed just the initial impact of the helicopter and the “ripple” effect on the glass, then it sped up to real time to show it all exploding and the chaos that results. The slow motion was really only used to highlight very short parts of the scene, not the entire action scene like in the sequels and in so many other movies.

    Anyway, I’ll shut up now, my posts always get too long, lol. It’s just my opinion anyhow.

  11. @ Lord Garth

    I know he was technically “first” to make that style popular, but just because you start something doesn’t mean you can WAY overuse it and expect it to have the same effect EVERY time… I don’t think it’s a “bad” thing to have some “cool” moments and slow motion, but it has to be used carefully to highlight those moments. Use it too much and it begins to numb your mind into expecting it all the time so when those “cool” moments happen you can’t really tell because it was in slow motion just like the rest of the film. If an entire action scene was in full speed, fast and hectic, and then they slow motion one part, like a crazy dodge or kill shot, you know there’s significance there and you appreciate it. But if the entire scene is in slow motion, it’s just an action scene…

  12. RE: Ken J’s comments…

    The problem is that too many action movie directors on all continents have mimicked John Woo’s action style rendering the look and style somewhat cliche.

    You have to look no further than Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado which started the plagarizing of Woo’s style. Ever since then, every director and 2nd unit stunt director has ripped this style off whole sale — slow motion, explosions, paper flying everywhere, people with two Berettas shooting while flying sideways…

    The question is whether John Woo will adhere to his classic style or reinvent his style.

  13. @Heat, I think that style is stupid in itself, not just because it’s used so much. I’m sorry, but I think all of these “cool” things are simply stupid. If they have an action hero that behaves as if he’s just very highly trained by real life spec-ops or whatever, that is “my” cool…

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