In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the 1999 cop actioner, Gen-X Cops, a new installment was confirmed with actors Daniel Wu, Stephen Fung, Nicholas Tse and Sam Lee on hand at Sunday’s Hong Kong Film Awards Ceremony.
According to Isaac Chambers over at Far East Films, Benny Chan is plotting to reprise once more as director as he did for the 1999 original which featured the quartet with actors Eric Tsang and Toru Nakmura about an underdog veteran inspector who recruits next-generation rookie cops to tackle the city’s youthful criminal underbelly in search of a vengeful terrorist.
Chan followed suit in 2000 with Gen-Y Cops (a.k.a. Metal Mayhem) which returned Lee and Fung and also starred actress Maggie Q and pre-Marvel actor Paul Rudd with actor Edison Chen then leading the cast. Given the events of the first film and lack of current details, it’s not yet clear as to what kind of sequel this will become, while the actors from Gen-X Cops have all but kept up their careers in film and TV pretty well.
Fung has up to six solo feature film directing credits to his name and serves among other executive producers on upcoming Netflix series, Wu Assassins, and also on Daniel Wu’s out-going three-season lead actor run on AMC’s Into The Badlands; The two have also shared sets on Fung’s Devil Face/Angel Heart, as well as Enter The Phoenix and family action spy comedy, House Of Fury, both exec produced by action legend Jackie Chan.
Fung also co-starred in Wong Jing’s My Schoolmate – The Barbarian and in Wilson Yip’s 2002 with Nicholas Tse who has since ended his recent stint as a TV chef and will be joining action star Donnie Yen for Benny Chan’s Raging Fire, now in production.
Fung’s 2007 cop actionwr with Chan on Invisble Target also shares credit with Sam Lee whose credits also include Xu Zheng’s record-breaking Lost In Hong Kong, and directing duo Kwok Ka Hei and Ambrose Kwok’s upcoming martial arts drama, Unleashed.
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