Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”, “The Monkey King”) has confirmed rumours he’s been offered a role in the recently announced “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” prequel.
“I will of course think about it, but there are two things that make me hesitate”, China.org.cn quoted the martial-arts proficient actor, saying. “The first is that my schedule this year is very packed. The second is that the first film is already such a classic. I am afraid of the pressure, that the original cannot be surpassed.”
Yen is said to have been offered HKD 50 million to join Michelle Yeoh, reprising her role from the original, for the sequel.
Directors said to be in the mix include David Thwaites and Ronny Yu.
The follow-up, to be produced by “Crouching Tiger” director Ang Lee and housed at The Weinstein Company, would be based on the fourth book in Wang Du Lu’s literary series, “Iron Knight-Silver Vase”.
Here’s a summary of “Iron Knight-Silver Vase” from :
“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.”
“Iron Knight-Silver Vase” was previously reported to be getting underway in May, with a 2014 release planned.