According to reports gathered at Twitch, international martial arts action superstar and entrepreneur Donnie Yen will have two films lined up at the start of his latest film venture over at Superhero Films.
The newly founded production company has already begun pre-production on The Master, which is set to star Yen in a 1970’s story about a gun shop owner bent on vengeance against a kung fu master who emigrates from Hong Kong. The film will see Yen returning to the set once again with director Pou-Soi Cheang, whose works include Shamo, Dog Bite Dog, and the upcoming 3D fantasy actioner, The Monkey King, also starring Yen. The next film is called Dragon City, also set to star Yen as a 1970’s cop in charge of a special crime fighting task force assigned to battle corruption within the Kowloon Walled City. The film is to be directed by Derek Kwok, who recently co-wrote and co-directed the Shu Qi-starrer, Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons.
The Monkey King is currently in post-production while Donnie Yen’s latest film, Special Identity, currently sits in distribution hell pending the results of a bitter lawsuit/countersuit with filmmaker Tan Bing regarding Bing’s allegations of infringement against Yen, and Yen’s counter claims seeking compensation for damages. The film has already suffered from a media meltdown after action star Vincent Zhao‘s epic falling out with Yen and the production crew, following a major public relations blitz by both sides eager to get their side of the story out. The good news is that the film is complete and is said to be definitely slated for release this year. The film is directed by Clarence Ford and features Yen along with Tian Jing, Andy On, Collin Chou and Ken Lo, with action direction by Yen and his team of veteran choreographers, including Kenji Tanigaki, Hua Yan and John Salvitti, with car stunt coordination by Bruce Law. Meanwhile, Yen is still filming the overbudgeted and long-awaited 3D remake of The Iceman Cometh, with actors Wang Baoqiang and Simon Yam, directed by Law Wing Cheong.
Personally, I am proud of the work Yen continues to invest in his craft. And I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2013 brings us as Yen continues to do more than enough for his fans.
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