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Prepare to take flight again, as The Weinstein Company has announced they are putting into production a sequel to the 2000 martial arts epic 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' The followup film, also based on the 'Crane-Iron Pentalogy' by Wang Du Lu, will again center on Yu Shu Lien, the character played by Michelle Yeoh in 'Crouching Tiger.' The sequel will be based on fifth book in the series, entitled 'Silver Vase, Iron Knight.' The first 'Crouching Tiger' film, directed by Ang Lee, won four Academy Awards and was nominated for another six. Reports indicate that Lee will not be returning to direct the sequel, and The Weinsteins are in talks with Ronny Yu ('Fearless') to possibly replace him. Some of the cast from the first may return, but at this point it is not known specifically who. Production is set to begin in May.
Color me uninterested. I'm not hardwired against all sequels, but I really don't understand the need for another 'Crouching Tiger' film. 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' was a globally-recognized example of Wuxia fiction, but its far from the only film to celebrate this age-old Chinese fiction style prior to 2000 or since. Typically a sequel is constructed either to continue a complex story or to capitalize on the popularity of the first movie. I think the fact that it's been thirteen years and no one has been clamoring to hear the rest of the 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' story means that Lee did a pretty decent job hitting all he points the first time; that or, alternatively, the plot was not so monumentally interesting as to warrant further exploration. Furthermore, on what are they hoping to capitalize here? If Ang Lee was directing the sequel, one could make the argument that they are harnessing the buzz from the 'Life of Pi' Oscar nods...but he's not. So despite the fact that there are scores of Wuxia films out there, and despite the fact that it's been over a dozen years since the first, The Weinsteins think people need a new 'Crouching Tiger' film from the director of 'Freddy vs. Jason?'
What do you guys think? Excited at the prospect of a 'Crouching Tiger' sequel? What do you think inspired this move from TWC?