-- File this one under the "Well That Took Long Enough" file. The Weinstein Company is moving forward with a sequel to Ang Lee's 2000 Oscar-winning action adventure Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The film will be based on the book Silver Vase, Iron Knight, the fifth installment in the Crane-Iron Pentology by Wang Du Lu. The Weinsteins are eyeing a May start date.
Lee is not involved in this sequel, which continues the story of Michelle Yeoh's Yu Shu Lien character. For the time being, Yeoh is also not a part of this production, though casting will begin once a director has been selected.
The one holdover from Crouching Tiger who will return will be Wo Ping Yuen, who will choreograph the fight scenes, so expect more bamboo climbing nonsense.
Are you looking forward to a sequel to Crouching Tiger? Has too much time passed for you to care about this sequel?
-- Since we're riding an Asian movie theme, there's big news involving the long-rumored Robotech live action feature. Yea, we've been down that road before with Japanese anime properties being adapted into live-action features (ahem, Akira), but Warner Bros. is currently in talks with a director to helm this ambitious project.
This big screen take on the popular and acclaimed '80s anime is said to be a "cutting-edge and modern approach" to the Robotech mythos.
In order to accomplish the grand ambition, WB is currently in talks with commercials director Nic Mathieu, who is known for his inventive CG effects. WB has high hopes for Mathieu as the studio as tapped him to direct another sci-fi flick The Wind this spring along with an alien drama titled The Story of Your Life, which is being produced by Shawn Levy.
Are you a fan of the Robotech franchise? Check out one of Mathieu's commercials below to get an idea of his style and then let us know if you think he'd be the right guy for the job.
-- Finally, speaking of directors in negotiations to land gigs, the on-going Zombieland sequel/series talks have taken a step toward ditching a big screen sequel in favor of a TV series. Amazon is looking to distribute the project should it get made and it appears Eli Craig (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) is in talks to direct.
Sony Pictures TV is producing the project which finds the movie's screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick on board to write and executive produce. The film's director, Ruben Fleischer is not expected to be involved.
Amazon hopes to distribute the show via its streaming platform, which it has been actively making a move toward expanding having green lit six other projects. Should Amazon finalize a deal with Sony TV, Zombieland would be its first original scripted series.
Would be tune in to watch a Zombieland TV series?