Filming for the prequel to the Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will begin in July, with actress Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien alongside kung-fu star Donnie Yen.
Pre-production for the prequel, titled The Green Destiny, is believed to have already started. Filming will be on location in Auckland, New Zealand with two weeks of shooting in China, according to BBC News.
Last year it was announced that martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping, who collaborated on the action scenes in the first film, would take over from Ang Li [Ang Lee] in directing.
The second installment is based on the novel “Iron Knight, Silver Vase,” by the late Chinese writer Wang Dulu. The novel is part of the “Crane-Iron Pentalogy” series which also included “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
Filming was projected to begin in March but was pushed back over the film rights to Wang’s novels. The Weinstein Company resolved the disputes and chose New Zealand as a location because of production incentive offered to filmmakers in the country.
“This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil,” screenwriter John Fusco said to Deadline last year.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon remains the most successful Chinese-language film of all time after raking in a whopping $213.5 million in its 2000 release.