BREAKING: Tony Jaa to Collaborate with Sammo Hung, Wu Jing and Possibly Donnie Yen in SHA PO LANG 2 (SPL2)!

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BREAKING: Tony Jaa to Collaborate with Sammo Hung, Wu Jing and Possibly Donnie Yen in SHA PO LANG 2 (SPL2)!
A Hong Kong based project has long been rumored for Thai action star Tony Jaa. Now news has just come from Hong Kong that a sequel to the 2005 hit Sha Po Lang (SPL) is in the works and will see Sammo Hung and Wu Jing from the original movie collaborating with Tony Jaa for the very first time. 

Sha Po Lang was a surprise hit at the Hong Kong box office upon its release in 2005 and quickly gained a cult following in the rest of the world. The movie was also the first in a string of successful collaborations between director Wilson Yip and star Donnie Yen, which included films like Flash Point, Ip Man 1 & 2

Donnie Yen, the leading man in the original film, is reportedly considering taking part in the sequel. 

Sha Po Lang 2 is due to start filming in 2013.


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Electro666September 3, 2012 10:43 AM

hmm... interesting, but didn't Wu Jin's character died in the first one? Unless they go with the twin brother or clone route.. :P

QinlongSeptember 3, 2012 11:17 AM

How solid is this piece of news ? I'd love to rejoice but where I read it first it said that "a source had told the newspaper The Sun", which usually isn't a good sign as far as reliability is concerned.
Still, I really hope it turns out to be true

MikeSeptember 3, 2012 1:44 PM

Neat, but I'll believe it when I see it.

Mortis DeiSeptember 3, 2012 2:15 PM

Neat-O indeed, but whatever happened to Dude! Where's My Elephant part 2?

RSomchaiSeptember 3, 2012 2:30 PM

TYG2 is coming out It will hit the US big screens, also has RZA in it with help producing a western release from Quentin Tarantino, they just ended shooting. so the Trailer for that will be out soon Jaa is also said to be in if successful Man with the Iron Fist 2 and possible Rush Hour 4 and now SPL2 Tony Jaa is taking over!

SjeksterSeptember 3, 2012 3:15 PM

Great....another martial artist with absolutely no charisma on screen, haha. Hope they give him some great fight choreography at least, instead of the basic "knee to stomach, elbow to the head" cookiecutter stuff.

DooKSeptember 3, 2012 3:52 PM

Bring back Wilson Yip to directs and Donnie as lead actor and action choreographer and it's a go for me.

momodotcomSeptember 3, 2012 4:01 PM

Wu Jing and Sammo? Donnie a possibility? Sounds like a prequel to me.

CuttermaranSeptember 3, 2012 4:02 PM

@ Skjester

I always felt Tony was sold as someone who he isn't. He can look angry and menacing, but he didn't show his real charisma yet. I think it will be a nice surprise when we get to see that one day. But it will not be seen in Sha Po Lang 2, mainly because of the language barrier.

dac1138September 3, 2012 6:59 PM

(MASSIVE SPOILER WARNING FOR SPL)
Since everyone dies in SPL, Donnie, Wu Jing, Sammo and Simon included, this might be a "thematic sequel" like HK used to be so fond of. Not a continuation of the story but the same actors and creative team doing a similar movie. Like the "Tiger Cage" films or the "A Moment of Romance" series.

BucketSeptember 3, 2012 9:16 PM

I think this is the case. Or they can all be long lost twins(like A Better Tomorrow 2), gathered in Hong Kong for all the dead characters' funerals at the same time, then all hell breaks loose.

Todd BrownSeptember 3, 2012 10:37 PM

TYG2 does NOT have the RZA in it - it has a guy who was RZA's stunt double in Iron Fists - and does not have a US distributor of any sort, never mind one guaranteeing a big screen release. And considering they have offers out to at least one international fighter to come shoot scenes in October / November, they very definitely are NOT done shooting it yet, either.

Donnie1963September 4, 2012 12:34 PM

Actually, it is assumed that Simon, Donnie and Wu Jing's characters are dead. Sammo is still alive at the end of the movie sitting on the chair. Just because Simon is slumped over on the beach, Donnie is layed out on the car and Wu Jing left bleeding in the alley, doesn't mean they didn't survive. It could be that that they all survived and one plot could be Sammo wants to take revenge on Donnie for killing his wife and child. Donnie is now inspector and Simon is assisting him undercover and one of Sammo's men saves Wu Jing who meets up with Sammo later to take revenge for the nasty scar across his stomach that Donnie left. The director actually left it open at the end to explore other story plots. How's that for a sequel?

RSomchaiSeptember 5, 2012 12:40 AM

I hate to correct you but yes it does include RZA for a cameo and even a small fight scene was put in for RZA your thinking of Marrese Crump yes he is in the film as well, RZA has even posted photos about this and stated Jaa will be in Man with the Iron fist 2 if the first is successful. He had planed for Jaa to be in the first however because of TYG2 filming Jaa was not able to be involved. RZA has also stated and Tarantino's involvement this was also in the Thai news. RZA will also once again be scoring TYG2

RSomchaiSeptember 5, 2012 12:44 AM

As for being done shooting they are into their last few weeks of shooting Marrese Crump, Kazu Neda and others are off set and moving on to other things the film is pretty much wrapped. Should be a good time! :)

SnailSeptember 5, 2012 6:18 AM

Wow. Stop. Please. That is a ridiculous presumption. Donnie Yen, Wu Jing and Simon Yam's characters are all dead; Sammo Hung's character goes to jail. That's it.

If there is a sequel, it will be a sequel in theme only as someone had already mentioned. eg: Iron Monkey & Iron Monkey 2.

While news of SPL 2 is a totally awesome surprise, I'm not too fond of Tony Jaa taking part. He has no charisma.

QinlongSeptember 5, 2012 7:15 AM

I agree on Tony Jaa (though his presence would still be welcome). There are plenty of great and charismatic martial artists/actors that would better spice up this sequel.
Yuen Biao anyone ?

CuttermaranSeptember 5, 2012 8:42 AM

Sorry Qin Long,

but isn't Yuen Biao like in his early sixties? Honestly, there are not many Martial Artists on screen right now who can beat Tony Jaa in terms of skills.

QinlongSeptember 5, 2012 10:17 AM

Yuen Biao is "only" 55, that is to say barely 5 years older than Donnie Yen and 5 years younger than the great Sammo.
Granted there's no way that he at his age is as agile as Jaa, but to me it's not about skill per se, but rather about "martial arts gravitas", meaning Yuen Biao is a charismatic and, in a way, legendary martial arts actor, which Jaa isn't. Personnally I still prefer watching Hung, Yuen, Chan and co performing at half the agility of their prime but intact precision and strength, than a bland performer like Jaa (not to take anything away from his amazing stunts).
And if they must go with a young and skilled martial arts from Thailand, let them choose someone with personality, say Jeeja Yanin...

RSomchaiSeptember 5, 2012 12:26 PM

Qin to each is own everyone has their mind agreed Yuen Biao is a "great" but still would like to see Jaa work in HK style Choreography and see what he brings to the table with HK style we get a lot less screaming and dramatic facial expressions then in Thai and also less contact witch can be good and help the fights flow better. as for JeeJa I dont know when she will be back to work she is 5 months pregnant and focused on family at this point.

QinlongSeptember 5, 2012 12:56 PM

Well even though I would prefer someone else, I still very much would like to see Tony Jaa in a HK movie, too. I would never deny that he's a superb stuntman.

SnailSeptember 6, 2012 5:39 AM

Tony Jaa will probably cry halfway through production and disappear.

I'm sorry, but I simply don't see the attraction in watching Jaa other than his incredible stunts. He's a stunt performer who possesses no on-screen charisma whatsoever and it is a damned shame.

Yuen Biao would serve a SPL storyline far better than Jaa as it is a very character driven vehicle.

On another note, WOW! Jeeja Yanin is pregnant? Congrats to her! But dammit, there goes her career for a while.

RSomchaiSeptember 6, 2012 11:08 AM

Why all the Jaa hate on Twitch boards? he is not just a stunt man he is probably the most diverse Martial artist out there at the time Muay Thai, Bakator, Silat, TKD, Kung Fu, Judo Karabbi Krabong Chinese weaponry and continues to build more even on the set of TYG2 Marrese Crump was there for like a year and a half teaching him his styes and he was even learning Mantis Fu ext not for the film but for knowledge. He does not limit himself to a single style very much a Mix of many styles to basically create his own and where others stop learning he seems to keep wanting more, think of what he will know when hes 80 hes an encyclopedia of Martial arts if he was simply a good stunt man only why would all the greats be wanting to work with him so badly they clearly approve of him as a great Martial Artist enough to seek him out and even put him in a HK project. That has to say something right there.

QinlongSeptember 6, 2012 12:39 PM

Again, I personally don't 'hate' him, on the contrary. But being a great martial artist (which he seems to be), is different from being a great martial arts actor. You gotta have that extra something (charisma I guess) that translates onto the screen and makes you more than a fighting machine. To me Tony Jaa is more in line with people like Dick Wei or Billy Chow, amazing martial artists/stuntmen that couldn't really carry a film, but added much needed bone-crunching realism to them.

SnailSeptember 7, 2012 5:43 AM

@ RSomchai

You totally missed the point. Nobody is questioning Tony Jaa's physical attributes and skills at all. What Jaa has failed to exhibit in his career thus far is charisma; star power. This is the ultimate factor in which audiences thrive upon and feel the need to invest their attention towards.

Perhaps it is the way he has been directed to perform for his films, or the roles just never provided for an opportunity to flex his acting chops. Whatever the case may be, he is dull and lacking when he isn't kicking ass.

SBullESeptember 7, 2012 5:29 PM

Fans want so much to see Tony v Donnie but I think maybe Donnie may not want so much. Donnie v Vincent Zhao did not happen. If Donnie is choreographer for this movie will he really allow Tony show off?

tman418September 9, 2012 11:48 AM

Snail,

I think Donnie1963 was being sarcastic.

tman418September 9, 2012 11:52 AM

I wish I could read Chinese. I'm not 100% sure if this story is true.

I have no idea when this is going to happen, or IF it will happen at all. Tony Jaa still needs to finish TYG2, which has been delayed because of his recent marriage. And isn't Donnie Yen's IMAX 3D film "The Monkey King" supposed to come out in the summer of 2013?

Also, what are they going to do about the language barrier? We all saw (and heard) the disaster of making Petchtai Wongkamlao speak English in the first TYG. Can they really make Tony Jaa speak audible and discernable Cantonese?

CuttermaranSeptember 9, 2012 4:12 PM

@ Snail

I disagree with you totally about Tony beieng dull. I never felt that his acting was bad or emberressing at all. He looked always very nice and gentle and when opportuny striked, he was turning then into a totally badass. He was always authentic. Of course at the moment his acting abilities are limited, but he's clearly different persona then say Donnie Yen, who tend to overact at times. And think back, how many years Donnie Yen needed, to get where he is now. So I'm thinking Tony will come back a big time and we all will see who rules then the world of Martial Arts on screen. Limiting Tony only to stunts is not fair since he's cleary a great talent.