It seems that the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is moving forward and will begin filming in May. The film is based on ‘Silver Vase, Iron Knight’, the fifth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy written by Wang Du Lu. Deadline reports that the film will shoot in Asia and is written by John Fusco (Crossroads, Thunderheart). Ronny Yu (Bride of Chucky, Freddy vs. Jason) is in talks to direct.
Fusco had this to say to Deadline:
“This was an opportunity to explore a lifelong passion I’ve had for Wu Sia, and if there wasn’t continuing source material, I would never have gotten involved.”
“This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. It’s so vast and rich, and I found characters from the second and third books in the series to create a most interesting stew while being as true to the source material as I could be.”
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on the fourth book in the series, while this will be based on the fifth book. This film revolves around Yu Shu Lien, Michelle Yeoh‘s character from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It is not known if she will reprise her role.
I love Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. (Read my review here.) This is good news for me. Ang Lee isn’t involved, though, and Ronny Yu is best known for his comedy infused horror films. It has me questioning this film. I am excited for it, but also a little bit frightened about the talent behind the camera. While I have liked Ronny Yu’s films, I’m not 100% sure he can pull this off. Only time will tell. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.