CrouchingTigerHiddenDragonThe Weinstein Company is prepping a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee’s 2000 Academy Award-winning martial arts drama.

Deadline is reporting that the production company has a screenplay from The Forbidden Kingdom scripter John Fusco and are in talks with the director of the classic Hong Kong film The Bride With White Hair Ronny Yu to helm. Lee is reportedly not involved in the project.

Fusco’s screenplay is reportedly based on Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth novel in Chinese writer’s Wang Du Lu’s wuxia romance Crane-Iron Pentalogy. Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was based on the fourth novel in the series, though the film did appropriate some plot points from earlier the three earlier novels in the series.

The Crane-Iron books have never been translated into English, but Silver Vase, Iron Knoight focuses on Yu Shu Lien, the character played by Michelle Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Fusco explained the plot of the film in broadstrokes to Deadline

This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. It’s so vast and rich, and I found characters from the second and third books in the series to create a most interesting stew while being as true to the source material as I could be.

Casting should get underway once Yu finalizes his deal with the Weinsteins. Fusco states that he expects Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fight choreographer Wo Ping Yuen to return for the film.

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Alan Gribble
January 24, 2013 7:29 pm

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Richard Zeszotarski
January 24, 2013 7:40 pm

Well, I believe the movie is based on the third(?) book of a series, so there are stories for a sequel and prequels.

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January 24, 2013 7:44 pm

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Chris Hodges
January 24, 2013 8:42 pm

It’s too soon….

Fred Holmes
January 24, 2013 8:43 pm

i really liked about 40 minutes of that movie

Fred Holmes
January 24, 2013 8:44 pm

in my top 50

Chris Hodges
January 24, 2013 8:44 pm

I watch this one and Hero often.

Fred Holmes
January 24, 2013 8:45 pm

love Hero

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January 24, 2013 9:59 pm
Rich Drees
January 24, 2013 9:00 pm

CROUCHING TIGER was the movie on my inaugural weekly movie night with friends many years ago when I got my hands on a screener video tape before the film hit the area.

Fred Holmes
January 24, 2013 9:07 pm

i remember the hype!

Debbie Kinyon McLain
January 25, 2013 12:14 am

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Jacob Garner
January 25, 2013 12:59 am

Weinstein is handling it? Oh good, they’ll prep it for a nation-wide release and then release it in 11 theaters out in the midwest. Or straight-to-DVD.