Writer and director Stephen Chow surprised fans with news that he is working on a sequel to his 2004 comedy film Kung Fu Hustle.
According to MAActionCinema.com, Chow revealed plans for the sequel during an interview for The New King of Comedy. The 56-year-old martial artist and filmmaker has hinted that he will continue to work on the project after he completes his sequel to his highly successful 2016 film The Mermaid, which is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time in China.
The report explains that the Kung Fu Hustle followup will not be a direct sequel, but rather a film that takes place during modern day in the same continuity as the original film.
Following the success of 2001's Shaolin Soccer, Chow collaborated with Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia on Kung Fu Hustle. Chow wrote, produced and directed the film. He also starred as the lead character Sing, a wannabe martial artist who dreams of joining the notorious Axe Gang in 1930s Shanghai. When Sing's actions create an all-out war between the Axe Gang and the Kung Fu masters of Pigsty Alley, Sing eventually embraces the failures of his childhood and accepts his Kung Fu training, which comes in useful when a powerful and ruthless fighter known as the Beast threatens the city.
The 2004 film featured a number of famous 1970s Hong Kong action movie stars and grossed $102 million against a $20 million budget, earning high praise from critics as well as six Hong Kong Film Awards and five Golden Horse Awards. So far as this modern day "sequel" goes, Chow has stated that he intends to direct and possibly reprise his role as Sing in a cameo.
At this time, there is no official release date for Kung Fu Hustle 2.