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Old 03-02-17, 07:03 PM
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Sleeping Dogs -- S: Donnie Yen -- Based on the Video Game

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EXCLUSIVE: Who best to start a new IP for Neal Moritz’s Original Film (Fast and Furious) than the IP Man himself? Martial artist Donnie Yen is set to star in a new feature from Moritz entitled Sleeping Dogs, which is based on the top-selling video game by Square Enix.

Yen, who recently co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, follows an undercover police officer (Yen) on a mission to take down one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads. The movie based on an action video game is set in Hong Kong and focuses on martial arts fighting, racing, boat chases … and shooting while doing all of that.

Yen, a Chinese martial artist, has long been a fight choreographer and is probably best known to audiences as the star — and Wing Chun grandmaster — of the IP Man franchise. Original Film is producing with DJ2 Entertainment, specifically producers will be Moritz, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons with Toby Ascher and Stephan Bugaj executive producing.

Yen is still well loved in China. About a month before xXx: Return of Xander Cage bowed in the country, Paramount put Yen front and center in the posters for the film to appeal to local audiences and to drive ticket sales on local Chinese websites. Yen upstaged star Vin Diesel on marketing materials there and it certainly paid off. The film won the 2nd biggest Imax February debut ever in China, behind only the 2014 film and local sensation The Monkey King 2.

The third of IP Man did tremendous business — $124M in China — last year.

CAA, which represents Yen, is packaging the film and in discussions with multiple financiers.

For those unfamiliar with the game, here is the trailer. It's a HK based story:

Old 03-03-17, 06:56 AM
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Re: Sleeping Dogs -- S: Donnie Yen -- Based on the Video Game

Yes! I loved the game, and Donnie is the best.
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Re: Sleeping Dogs -- S: Donnie Yen -- Based on the Video Game

I wonder if the pork-bun guy will be in this.
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I understand why Yen was chosen for the role. I'm always up for a new movie starring Yen but it would have been cool if they actually used Will Yun Lee since they did model the game character after him. He's a competent actor and has also been doing martial arts for most of his life.
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I thought Brian Ho was pretty good doing the game trailer. Wouldn't mind if he was the star.

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Wow, I didn't know they did live-action trailers for video games. That trailer is better than most Hollywood action movies I've seen in the last couple of years.
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Looks like they've finally begun production. Donnie posted this on Instagram:


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