Ever since The Weinstein Company bought over the movie rights to the Crane-Iron Series <鶴鐵系列> novel, it has been actively preparing the filming of the sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>. In recent news, it was reported that Harvey Weinstein has also approached Donnie Yen (甄子丹) to take on the lead role of Yu Shu Lien’s (played by Michelle Yeoh 楊紫瓊) fiancé who was assumed to be dead in the first installment.
It is highly possible that the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be based on the fifth book of the Crane-Iron pentalogy, Iron Knight, Silver Vase <鐵騎銀瓶> which follows the love story of Yu Shu Lien, previously portrayed by Michelle Yeoh. In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Yu Shu Lien could not wholly accept Li Mu Bai’s (played by Chow Yun Fat 周潤發) love because of her loyalty for her deceased fiancé. In the sequel, it is revealed that not only did Yu Shu Lien’s fiancé not die, he will return as a war hero.
Also, the son that Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) bore in the first installment will be switched to a daughter, which is rumored to be played by Fan Bingbing (范冰冰). However, Fan Bingbing’s representative indicated that they were unaware of such news.
David Thwaites of Black Swan fame will take over as director from Ang Lee (李安). Though the latter has declined to direct the sequel, it has been reported that the Weinstein Company is trying to persuade him to come back as the film producer. In order to cater to viewers from all over the world, the film will be produced in two languages – English and Mandarin.
With such a stellar cast, the sequel may just follow the footsteps of its predecessor at the Academy Awards, which is probably the aim of the Weinstein Company. It has been revealed that production is rushed because the company hopes to be able to submit the show in time for the next Academy Awards.
Pressure to Take on Role
With the reported fee of $50 million HKD, Donnie may just give the nod. Donnie said, “Harvey did get in touch with me about 2 months ago. And David also personally came to look for me in Hong Kong but I was busy with filming and we did not have the chance to discuss yet.”
Asked what is the chance of him agreeing to film the sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Donnie said, “Of course, I will thoroughly consider the offer. There are two things that make me hesitate. The first is that my schedule is already very tight this year. The second is that the first film is such a classic and even won the Oscars; I am afraid of the pressure that the predecessor cannot be surpassed.”
Though it was reported earlier that Michelle Yeoh has confirmed to reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien, she denied it. She said through her assistant, “Nothing is confirmed yet. I haven’t even seen a script yet. If it works out, then I will help out.”
Source: Oriental Daily
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.