Latest News On Donnie Yen's New Projects!

Contributing Writer; Sydney, Australia (@HugoOzman)
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Latest News On Donnie Yen's New Projects!

Donnie Yen Pic.jpgAccording to reports from Hong Kong, after having a few months' rest to spend time with his family, two new movies starring Donnie Yen are about to start filming. Both are Chinese films, which means THE EXPENDABLES 2 will not be one of them (but we do have an update on this - so read on!).

The first film is a Chinese New Year comedy to be directed by Chan Hing Ka, who was responsible for ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2011 (also starring Yen) and last year's best Hong Kong comedy LA COMEDIE HUMAINE. The new film will be produced by Raymond Wong Bak Ming, who was involved in many of Donnie's films including IP MAN and IP MAN 2. The Chinese title suggests it may be a remake of Chow Yun Fat's 1988 classic comedy THE EIGHTH HAPPINESS.

The second film is a police action comedy. Also in the cast are Miriam Yeung (THREE... EXTREMES: DUMPLINGS, LOVE IN A PUFF) and Eva Huang (KUNG FU HUSTLE, THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE). The film will be produced by famous Asian filmmaker Chui Po Chu, who was the associate producer for CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, and producer for KUNG FU HUSTLE, CJ7 and THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE.

Yen is also rumoured to be joining Jackie Chan in an upcoming project, in which the pair will play a couple of code-breaking experts working in the police force. It will be produced by Chan and directed by Chinese director Tan Bing, whose films THE REBIRTH OF THE TRILOBITE and FURIOUS PIANO won critical acclaim. Filming is scheduled to start in December.

And now the promised THE EXPENDABLES 2 update. As reported by ScreenAnarchy earlier, Yen was invited to join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 2 when he was visiting the US. When questioned about this by the Hong Kong media earlier this week, a spokesperson from Yen's company replied that he is currently still considering the offer.



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StephenSeptember 9, 2011 7:11 PM

So nothing on the rumored Tony-Jaa-and-Donnie-Yen project? Guess it was little more than a pipe-dream ; (

Hugo OzmanSeptember 9, 2011 7:22 PM

No, nothing at all. There are about a number of projects that Donnie Yen is said to be looking at, but the list doesn't include the previously rumoured collaboration between him and Tony Jaa.

QinlongSeptember 10, 2011 4:53 AM

So, is the police action comedy the remake of Mr and Mrs Smith that was announced a while ago ?

Also, a re-team with Jackie Chan would be beyond awesome.

Hugo OzmanSeptember 10, 2011 5:18 AM

Qinlong, no, the rumoured Mr and Mrs Smith remake is a separate project by director Joe Ma Wai-ho (who is perhaps most famous for the Love Undercover series of comedy starring Miriam Yeung), and it has not yet been confirmed that Donnie Yen has signed up for that project.

DooKSeptember 10, 2011 6:55 AM

The police action comedy and the Jackie project sounds like goodies. Kind of wish Donnie would go back to making gritty/realistic actioners though.

QinlongSeptember 10, 2011 12:11 PM

I see. Also, there have been conflicting reports as to whether Donnie Yen will be in PAINTED SKIN 2 ; does this new slate of project mean he won't ?

DooKSeptember 10, 2011 12:28 PM

Painted Skin 2 is now known as The Mural with only one of the original castmembers from Painted Skin.

QinlongSeptember 10, 2011 12:40 PM

Yes there's THE MURAL, but there's also a bonafide PAINTED SKIN sequel being shot right now : on-set pictures have emerged recently, and there's been a press conference. Xun Zhou, Zhao Wei and Chen Kun are returning, but I don't know for Donnie Yen or Sun Li.

Hugo OzmanSeptember 10, 2011 4:45 PM

DooK and Qinlong, as far as I know, Donnie Yen doesn't appear in either film. (Painted Skin 2 is being directed by Wuershan, who helmed The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman; while the original director Gordon Chan has gone on to make The Mural, originally titled Painted Wall).

QinlongSeptember 10, 2011 5:20 PM

Isn't Qunshu Gao directing PAINTED SKIN 2 ?

Hugo OzmanSeptember 10, 2011 11:40 PM

Qinlong, so far everything I have read about Painted Skin 2 seems to suggest that Wuershan is the director. But if you know that Qunshu Gao is in fact the director, please feel free to correct me!

QinlongSeptember 11, 2011 5:30 AM

No, I think you must be right, there are much more reports about Wuershan being the director than Qunshu Gao

fetch foxSeptember 11, 2011 10:02 AM

I'm dying for some more action Donnie. Recently saw the The Lost Bladesman which was quite good, but I really want something more like Flash Point/Killzone. Donnie has a brutal (and beautiful) style, so I love it when he gets to go all out.

xinoSeptember 11, 2011 1:05 PM

wtf is this sh*?
no martial arts movies?:/

DooKSeptember 11, 2011 1:41 PM

Most of these projects are contemporary action movies *with* martial arts rather than movies *about* martial arts. Besides, he's already done Ip Man movies, 14 Blades, Legend of the Fist, The Lost Bladesman and Wu Xia.

marleydiditSeptember 13, 2011 9:15 AM

here's to hoping that the Jackie 'codebreaking' collab is actually Chinese Zodiac (aka Armour of God 3)

marleydiditSeptember 13, 2011 9:16 AM

**crosses fingers**

xinoSeptember 13, 2011 10:01 AM

those movies sucked man!

only Ip Man 1 was good. Rest sucked.

DooKSeptember 14, 2011 4:46 PM

Too bad for you then.

Ard VijnSeptember 15, 2011 5:11 AM

That would have sounded funny: "PAINTED WALL", the sequel to "PAINTED SKIN"!
(Soon to be epically concluded in "PAINTED CITY".)

ClaireOctober 25, 2011 8:52 AM

i love donnie yen period ..and his moves the best i saw in the movies love it love it love it