Due to Painted Skin 2’s <畫皮II> huge success at the Chinese box office, producer Yang Zhen Jian (杨真鉴) and Ningxia Film Studio has plans to film the third installment of the fantasy film franchise. Preparatory work is still in its initial stages and it is unknown whether the cast from the previous films will return.
According to the screenplay that was presented, Painted Skin 3 will follow Pang Lang, previously portrayed by William Feng (冯绍峰), and his team of exorcists to the Ice World, guided by a mysterious woman, Shuang-er. With the help of the fox spirit, Xiao Wei (Zhou Xun 周迅), who has acquired 1,000 years of training, the team engages in a battle of life and death with the King of the Demons.
Aside from Zhou Xun who will reprise her role as Xiao Wei, the rest of the cast from the Painted Skin films may not make a re-appearance. Donnie Yen is already involved in seven other filming projects, so it is highly unlikely he has time to film for Painted Skin 3. Vicki Zhao (赵薇) is currently busy filming for Stanley Kwan (关锦鹏); in addition, she was rumored to have fallen out with Chen Kun (陈坤), so it is improbable that the pair will be appearing on screen together anytime soon. William Feng also hinted that he is not interested to film for the third installment.
It is also reported that as western demons may be introduced into the film, there is a likely collaboration with filming companies from abroad. Producer Yang said nothing is planned for yet. He said, “Whether it’s a Sino-American production or an independent investment, or whether it’s a new director or we will continue to have Wuershan <乌尔善> direct, everything is still under discussion.”
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.