Apparently, it’s never too late for a sequel—12 years after Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was released, a sequel is now finally happening. As /Film notes, The Weinstein Co. is putting the project together, with Ronny Yu (Fearless, Freddy Vs. Jason, Bride of Chucky) being courted to direct and a script from John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom). Production is set to start in May of this year.
The first film was based on the fourth novel in an ongoing series of books by Wang Du Lu. The sequel will be based upon the fifth novel in the series, Iron Knight, Silver Vase, and features the return of Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu Lien character from the original film (no word as to whether or not Yeoh will reprise the role).
So, why wait over a decade to film a sequel to the popular martial arts film? It all stems from a protracted legal battle between the Weinsteins and Sony concerning the rights to Wang Du Lu’s Crane-Iron novels. Now that the issue is resolved, the sequel is moving forward, and will include several new characters, according to Fusco:
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 fightersm 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.
What do you think about a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel?