The Weinstein Company To Remake Shaw Brothers Classics

Asian Editor; Hong Kong, China (@Marshy00)
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The Weinstein Company To Remake Shaw Brothers Classics
In a move that is sure to further antogonise the martial arts fanboys, Film Business Asia has reported that The Weinstein Company is teaming up with Celestial Pictures to remake Shaw Brothers classics Come Drink With Me and The Avenging Eagle

Harvey Weinstein will co-produce the films with David Thwaites, based on scripts by John Fusco, all three of whom are currently working together on the Yuen Woo Ping-directed Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: Green Destiny. This suggests that the new versions of the King Hu and Sun Chung classics will be straight remakes (rather than reworking the stories in a modern setting, for example), but as yet there seems to be no confirmation of exactly what TWC and Celestial have in mind.

Harvey Weinstein has angered many fans of Hong Kong Cinema over the years, for retooling Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer, needlessly retitling Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet, or editing and renaming Peter Chan's Wu Xia, as just a few examples of his perceived crimes. If these latest efforts prove successful, however, we could be seeing this happen to a lot more of Shaw Brothers' extensive back catalogue. Celestial Pictures sold the remake rights to a number of SB films to Weinstein back in 2003.
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J HurtadoJuly 24, 2013 2:40 AM


feihogJuly 24, 2013 4:14 AM

Exactly as you said. This is a pointless move and the Weinsteins will probably make it worse by trying to hold back the original films from things like blu-ray releases, etc.

QinlongJuly 24, 2013 6:58 AM

They should release Come Drink With Me under the title LEGEND OF THE DRAGON, and Avenging Eagle under the title FIST OF THE WARRIOR.

andrewzJuly 24, 2013 7:16 AM

I'm guessing this is for the mainland market and anything extra is just gravy?

billydakingJuly 25, 2013 12:11 AM

If the Weinstein Bros. are teaming up with Celestial Pictures, rather than simply making the films themselves, that would make perfect sense. Remakes of Shaw Brothers classics to market in both mainland China and the United States would make perfect sense. And if they're straight remakes, then this is probably little different from a Chinese-based remake, like Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (the King Hu classic remade for the second time).

From a distribution standpoint, the Weinsteins have very little credibility with kung fu fans. But from a production standpoint, there's little to judge on until Green Destiny comes out.

Steve AustinJuly 25, 2013 10:59 PM

These guys are like the Michael Bays of Kung Fu movies. Fans dont mean squat. We will do it our way and you dont get a say in the matter. much like our current president.

hutchJuly 26, 2013 5:01 AM

admit it: you're John Fusco. Loved your 'Young Guns 2' script.