By Katie Nelson
Martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping is set take over from Ang Lee in directing the sequel to 2000’s tremendously successful film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, with returning actress Michelle Yeoh joined by kung-fu star Donnie Yen.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Producer Harvey Weinstein described the action duo as a “dream team” and said the new film, “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II — The Green Destiny,” will be directed by legendary martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping, who served as action choreographer on the first film. It’s slated to begin production in March 2014.
The sequel is based on the novel “Iron Knight, Silver Vase,” by the late Chinese writer Wang Dulu, part of the “Crane-Iron Pentalogy” series that also included “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Wang Dulu’s son, Wang Hong, is pleased to see a second film interpretation of his father’s series.
“My sister and I and our families sincerely appreciate that Harvey and [The Weinstein Company] stayed committed to bringing my father’s works to the screen for the enjoyment of audiences around the world,” he said. “My father created timeless characters and stories of universal appeal. They remain no less relevant today.”
The original movie, directed by Ang Lee, won four Academy awards and raked in a worldwide total of $213.5 million in box offices.
Related: Photos of China’s beautiful Moganshan forests, where scenes from Ang Lee’s original movie were filmed.