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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Receiving Follow-Up, Minus Ang Lee

Written by on January 24, 2013 

One of the world’s most successful foreign-language action films is getting a sequel. Unsurprising, right? Why it’s being announced more than 12 years later, especially without its central creative voices, doesn’t strike me as so obvious.

But, according to Deadline, The Weinstein Company will soon begin production on a follow-up to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, minus the directing talents of Ang Lee, nor, for that matter, necessarily the original leads. Ronny Yu (Jet Li‘s Fearless) will be in the director’s chair, while the plot mechanics sound to be very much in line with what audiences already know. Just as the 2000 film was based on an entry into Wang Dulu‘s Crane Iron Pentalogy, this one will adapt the next (and final) installment, Iron Knight, Silver Vase. At least that sounds like a good title.

The rest, for a prospective May production, is unusually up in the air. While this revolves around Michelle Yeoh‘s character, Yu Shu Lien, Deadline have only been told that “some likely will” make their way back. Wouldn’t you think the lead actress is something of a priority? Well, if nothing else, the screenplay by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) features “an alternate universe […] a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades.” So, there could be room to stretch, innovate, and also deviate from Lee‘s film; let’s hope that’s all present enough to be noticeable and truly pay off.

Is a Crouching Tiger sequel of any interest? Does it sound like a wise idea?


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