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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny gets a director and will start production March 2014

05.16.2013

The Weinstein Company announced that they will begin production on CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON II - THE GREEN DESTINY in March 2014, just about 15 years after the original Ang Lee film. The big difference this time will be that Lee is not returning to direct. According to Deadline>, fight choreographer Yuen Wo Ping will direct. Ping has choreographed everything from THE MATRIX to KILL BILL as well as Keanu Reeves upcoming MAN OF TAI CHI. He also has directed the original DRUNKEN MASTER with Jackie Chan.

Also returning for the sequel will be Michelle Yeoh who will star alongside IP MAN and HERO actor Donnie Yen. No word on whether Zhang ZiYi will reprise her role. Harvey Weinstein issued this statement:

“I loved Ang Lee’s film. I thought it was a master class in directing, but I know we are in fantastic hands with Yuen Wo Ping directing the second installment of CROUCHING TIGER. Master Yuen worked with me on IRON MONKEY, KILL BILL and now GRANDMASTER. 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.”

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON II will be based on the final novel in the Crane Iron Pentalogy titled IRON KNIGHT, SILVER VASE. Ang Lee's film borrowed elements from the entire series and there has never been an English translation of the books. It is hard to tell exactly what the plot will be at this point, but if any fans of the series have info, please add your comments in the talk backs below.

I loved CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and may be one of the few who thought it should have won Best Picture in 2000 instead of GLADIATOR. There have been tons of imitators since it was released, but an official sequel sounds like it would be awesome.

Source: Deadline

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2:14PM on 05/19/2013
A sequel could work. It would'nt be as magical as the 1st one was, but i could easily see it being a really fun flick to sit through. And i agree as well. The original film should have won best pic in 2000. Gladiator was awesome and i'm not taking anything away from it or its magnificence, but Crouching Tiger was the better film for me...
A sequel could work. It would'nt be as magical as the 1st one was, but i could easily see it being a really fun flick to sit through. And i agree as well. The original film should have won best pic in 2000. Gladiator was awesome and i'm not taking anything away from it or its magnificence, but Crouching Tiger was the better film for me...
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6:19AM on 05/17/2013
He's a great action director, but I don't know if it will have the beauty that Lee brought to the original.
He's a great action director, but I don't know if it will have the beauty that Lee brought to the original.
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12:31AM on 05/17/2013

I was worried for a minute there,

but when they mentioned Yuen Wo Ping was going to direct, I got excited. I loved IRON MONKEY and he's a brilliant choreographer.
but when they mentioned Yuen Wo Ping was going to direct, I got excited. I loved IRON MONKEY and he's a brilliant choreographer.
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11:14PM on 05/16/2013
Sort of mixed on this. With Yuen in the director's chair, you can rest assured he will direct the shit outta those fight scenes. But he has yet to prove that he can handle character and drama, something that made "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" stand heads and shoulders above the endless number of B-grade wuxia quickies from Hong Kong. We'll see...
Sort of mixed on this. With Yuen in the director's chair, you can rest assured he will direct the shit outta those fight scenes. But he has yet to prove that he can handle character and drama, something that made "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" stand heads and shoulders above the endless number of B-grade wuxia quickies from Hong Kong. We'll see...
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9:55PM on 05/16/2013
"The Green Destiny"? Well, at least it's not "The Dark Destiny". The first movie was incredible, it brought such sophistication to the wuxia genre that had long been regarded as cheesy and B-grade. The visuals were captivating, but there was also a solid story and some great performances from one of the best casts in Chinese movie history. Great that Donnie Yen's on board for this one!
"The Green Destiny"? Well, at least it's not "The Dark Destiny". The first movie was incredible, it brought such sophistication to the wuxia genre that had long been regarded as cheesy and B-grade. The visuals were captivating, but there was also a solid story and some great performances from one of the best casts in Chinese movie history. Great that Donnie Yen's on board for this one!
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9:50PM on 05/16/2013
Um, why exactly would Ziyi return? She died in the first one. Granted, her death was rather ambiguous, but most people don't survive jumping off mountains.
Um, why exactly would Ziyi return? She died in the first one. Granted, her death was rather ambiguous, but most people don't survive jumping off mountains.
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12:30AM on 05/17/2013
She didn't die, she learned how to fly.
She didn't die, she learned how to fly.
6:11PM on 05/16/2013

I Was Not a Fan...

... of Gladiator at all. Crouching Tiger was superior in every way. I hope this film gets released and Harvey keeps his sausage fingers off of it during post. Looking forward to Crouching Tiger II.
... of Gladiator at all. Crouching Tiger was superior in every way. I hope this film gets released and Harvey keeps his sausage fingers off of it during post. Looking forward to Crouching Tiger II.
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5:57PM on 05/16/2013

Double post

sorry, refreshed by accident.
sorry, refreshed by accident.
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5:56PM on 05/16/2013

I thought Ronny Yu was directing it?

Don't get me wrong Ping is good with the action but a little weak with visuals and drama, was hoping Yu would come out of his long hiatus to do this. Oh well, happy to hear Donnie Yen is all up in it anyhow.
Don't get me wrong Ping is good with the action but a little weak with visuals and drama, was hoping Yu would come out of his long hiatus to do this. Oh well, happy to hear Donnie Yen is all up in it anyhow.
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10:26PM on 05/16/2013
Ronny Yu just directed "Saving General Yang", so you can check that out if you're a fan. It does have some pretty cool action sequences, but it's the kind of movie where brothers address each other by the order of their birth. ("#4? What are we going to do about #6?") so there's not too much characterisation.
Ronny Yu just directed "Saving General Yang", so you can check that out if you're a fan. It does have some pretty cool action sequences, but it's the kind of movie where brothers address each other by the order of their birth. ("#4? What are we going to do about #6?") so there's not too much characterisation.
6:34AM on 05/17/2013
Cheers for the heads up, i will check it out although i was more excited to see his great visual style tackle this world.
Cheers for the heads up, i will check it out although i was more excited to see his great visual style tackle this world.
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