Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel to shoot this year

Zhang Ziyi in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

A sequel to the hugely popular martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from Ang Lee (Life of Pi) is due to start production this year. According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company will produce the follow up with John Fusco (Forbidden Kingdom) set to write the script and Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason) in talks to direct to the new film. Yu is no stranger to the martial arts genre, having directed Fearless starring Jet Li (Cradle 2 The Grave) in 2006.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was the fourth book in the Crane-Iron Series by Wang Du Lu. The film adaptation starred Chow Yun-Fat (The Replacement Killers) and Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha) and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, as well as three other Academy Awards.

It is believed that the new film will be based on the fifth book Silver Vase, Iron Knight and would continue to revolve around Yu Shu Lien, the character played in the original by Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies). There is no word as to whether Yeoh will reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien but it’s likely we can assume that some actors will be back from the original film.