According to a report at ScreenDaily, possible details may hint that recent reports regarding international action superstar Donnie Yen’s next action thriller coming down the pipeline, One Person’s Martial Arts Circle may have undergone a title change to, The Last Of The Best. (Either this or Yen just starred executing his epic, notorious plan to impress us by add more kickass movies for the next two years).
The film, backed by Emperor Motion Pictures, will be budgeted at $25 million and will see Yen back on the set with Hong Kong filmmaker Teddy Chen
since Yen’s role in Bodyguards And Assassins
. The film will also star Yen opposite his Iceman Cometh 3D
co-star, Wang Baoqiang
, along with actresses Charlie Young
(New Police Story) and Bai Bing
(The Viral Factor).
Chen, whose credits also include Downtown Torpedoes starring Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jackie Chan’s The Accidental Spy, joined screenwriters Lau Ho-leung and Mak Tin-shu to fill the script.
Set in Hong Kong and Guangdong province, Last Of The Best is set in the world of martial arts. Yen plays a former martial arts instructor of the Police Academy who is imprisoned after accidentally killing a man. Wang plays a vicious killer who starts targeting martial arts masters in Hong Kong.
Donnie Yen state his excitement to the public for his opportunity with the new film, telling the press, “I’m looking forward to working again with both EMP, who have been very supportive producers, and Wang Baoqiang. It’s been some time since I have worked with Wang and he has grown tremendously as an actor in the past few years.”
The film is slated for a summer 2014 release, highlighting another year of films on deck to be released or filmed between now and then, including the second part of The Iceman Cometh, the 3D release of The Monkey King, his long-awaited action crime thriller, Special Identity, and two other films slated under his production banner, which include The Master and Kowloon Walled City.
In all likelihood, THE LAST OF THE BEST is probably the same film as the previously announced ONE MAN’S MARTIAL ARTS CIRCLE, given the premise and the timing of the latest reports. Then again, we might just well be proven wrong.
At any rate, needless to say, Yen is still making waves in the industry, doing what he does “Best”.
Stay tuned for more news as it comes.
Photo Credit: One Asian World
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