'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel in the works

Filming is set to begin this May but original director Ang Lee will not be returning

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A sequel to Oscar-winning martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is in the works.

According to Deadline, the new movie will begin filming in Asia this May. Original helmer Ang Lee will not be returning, but producer Harvey Weinstein is in talks with Ronnie Yu, an experienced Chinese director whose English-language movies include Freddy Vs Jason and The 51st State.

The sequel's script has been written by John Fusco, who previously penned both Young Guns movies and Forbidden Kingdom, a 1998 martial arts flick starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Fusco has based his script on the same series of novels by late Chinese author Wang Du Lu that inspired the original film.

The sequel will centre on Yu Shu Lien, the character played by Michelle Yeoh in the first film. The original also starred Chow Yun-Fat but casting for the follow-up will not take place until its director has been confirmed.

Fusco told Deadline the sequel "introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil", adding: "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."

Released in 2000, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the highest-grossing foreign language film in US box office history and raked in over $213m (£135m) worldwide. It later won four Oscars including the award for best foreign language film.

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