Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Netflix's First Original Movie Will Be A Sequel


Michelle Yeoh returns as Yu Shu-Lien in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend".

Netflix has found plenty of success with "Orange Is The New Black" but it looks like the online video-streaming service is experimenting with a new colour: green.

The company announced on Tuesday that it will be releasing "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend", its first original movie to date. Speaking of dates, the film is set for a simultaneous release online and in select IMAX theatres come Aug. 28, 2015.

If the movie title rings a bell, that's because "The Green Legend" is a sequel to the first "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", which scored an Oscar back in 2000 for Best Foreign Film. The sequel won't bring back original director Ang Lee, instead picking up Yuen Wo-Ping, who's best known for his martial arts choreography in films like the Matrix trilogy and "Kill Bill 1 & 2".

Michelle Yeoh will return though, reprising her role as Yu Shu-Lien from the first film. She'll be joined by martial arts star Donnie Yen from "Ip Man 1 & 2" as Silent Wolf, along with Harry Shum Jr. from "Glee" and Jason Scott Lee from "Hawaii Five-O".


Donnie Yen in character as Silent Wolf in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend".

In terms of a plot, the film will be based on "Iron Knight, Silver Vase", the fifth novel in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy, which is written by Wang Dulu. "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was the fourth book in the series. Fans can still expect lots of high-wire martial arts, legendary weapons and themes of love, loss and redemption in this chapter, according to Netflix's release.

The Weinstein Company will be producing the film, according to Netflix's COO, Ted Sarandos.

"We are honoured to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX."

And while "The Green Legend" represents the video streaming service's first opportunity to break into Asia, Netflix says it plans to continue with its experiment, with "several major films" to come that'll receive its backing to premiere online and in IMAX.

from The Moviefone Blog http://ift.tt/1nG7IhU


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