Thirteen years after the release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Weinstein Company is gearing up for a sequel to Ang Lee’s acclaimed wuxia film. Deadline reports production is set to begin in May, with Ronny Yu (Warriors of Virtue, Freddy vs. Jason) in talks to direct from a script by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom, Young Guns).
Like the original, which won an Academy Award for best foreign-language film, the sequel will draw from Chinese novelist Wang Dulu’s five-part wuxia epic the Crane-Iron Series. An adaptation of the fifth novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase, the film will again revolve around Yu Shu Lien, played in Crouching Tiger by Michelle Yeoh.
“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,” Fusco told Deadline. “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.”
Some of the original actors will likely return, with casting set to begin once Yu signs on. According to Fusco, legendary fight choreographer Yuen Woo-ping will likely be back as well.