The sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning martial-arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be released on Netflix and in Imax theaters simultaneously in August next year, making this the first feature-length film to be released by the popular video-streaming site.
Netflix, boasting over 50 million subscribers across 40 countries, already produces its own TV shows, including “House of Cards” (which has proven to be a massive hit in China) and “Orange is the New Black” (shouts to Crazy Eyes).
Now, the streaming site is taking it a step beyond by allowing users to enjoy Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend from the comfort of their own couches upon its release next August.
The announcement follows a recent deal made between Netflix and the Weinstein Company, BBC reports.
“The movie-going experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement,” said Harvey Weinstein, the company’s co-chairman.
The sequel (prequel, to be precise) will feature actress Michelle Yeoh reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien along star Donnie Yen (of The Monkey King).
Martial-arts choreographer Yuen Wo-ping, who collaborated on the action scenes in the first installment, has taken over Lee in directing. The film is being shot on location in Auckland, New Zealand with two weeks of shooting in China, according to previous reports.
Let’s see if Yuen can surpass the first film’s incredible $213.5 million release in 2000 and maybe that stupid box office record set by the latest Transformers film.