Netflix has slowly been upping its game in the home entertainment circuit ever since House of Cards became nearly as popular as HBO’s Game of Thrones. Now they are stepping up once again, this time with a sequel to 2000’s four-time Oscar winning epic Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, expected to be available on Netflix this February. The new film is subtitled The Green Legend and, like the original, is based on an original novel by author Du Lu Wang. Returning from the original film is actress Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies, Memoirs of a Geisha), who leads a whole new cast that features Donnie Yen (Blade 2, Hero), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, White Frog), Jason Scott Lee (The Jungle Book, Balls of Fury), Eugenia Yuan (The Drummer, Shanghai Hotel), and Juju Chan (Unconditional Love, Fist of the Dragon) in a screenplay by John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo). The first trailer, which is featured above, was just released this week. I’m not really sure what they had in mind with the techno version of CCR’s Bad Moon Rising playing in the back drop, but the visual effects and fight-scene choreography look pretty awesome. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming details.
With The Expendables 3 now in theaters, many are wondering what the next step will be for the all-star cast of should-be-retired muscle heads, and it may include some help from everybody’s favorite martial artist! Jackie Chan had been approached to make an appearance in Expendables 2 and 3, but due to scheduling conflicts he was not able to get the days off required to shoot his scenes for the films. But Sylvester Stallone seems pretty set on getting Chan involved in the next installment, which means we have another Expendables to look forward to (lucky us?). Anyway, The Expendables is not the only sequel that Chan has been approached to make either. Apparently there are still efforts coming out of New Line Cinema for Chan to reunite with Chris Tucker for Rush Hour 4, but Chan is not very interested in a fourth movie. He is currently working on an upcoming project titled Skip Trace with co-star Sean William Scott (American Pie, Road Trip) from director Renny Harlin about an American gambler who teams up with a Hong Kong detective in a face-off against a Chinese gang-lord. Personally I agree with Chan about a fourth Rush Hour sequel. We all saw what happened with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. After that catastrophe I think leaving well-enough alone is a perfectly acceptable option for a lot of Hollywood projects right now. But if they’re going to go and make a fourth Expendables, Jackie Chan might as well be in it…they already have every other old man in Hollywood making appearances in those movies anyway, one more wouldn’t hurt right?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Sean William Scott take on a role in an action movie. It’s been even longer since we saw Jackie Chan in a role that was entertaining to watch; Rush Hour 3 (2007) was OK but it was the same old goofy comedy that can only be expected with Chris Tucker on the screen, and the horrific re-make of The Karate Kid (1984) with Chan as the master instructor can hardly be considered entertainment. But now Chan and Scott are returning to the big screen in an upcoming action flick called Skiptrace from director Sam Fell. The idea for a story about a Chinese policeman having to team up with a witty, think-with-your-mouth American to save his niece came from Chan, but unfortunately bares an all too familiar resemblance to the Rush Hour movies. I know you’re getting old Jackie, but that doesn’t mean you have to start down the re-make road! We’ll see how this one turns out. Scott has done a decent job with action movies in the past, mostly providing comic-relief to the serious bad-ass roles of his co-stars like Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Yun-Fat Chow, but his style of comedy fit in so perfectly with the feel of the 1990s, it may be hard for audiences to accept him as the funny guy in a modern flick. Like I said, we’ll see what happens.