SPL 2: Donnie Yen Out? Soi Cheang To Direct And Wilson Yip To Produce

[Twitch has spoken with representatives of Tony Jaa, who assure that while Yen is indeed out of the project, Jaa remains very much committed and the reports of his departure are incorrect. Original story follows.]

Donnie Yen has announced that he will not star in SPL 2 but won't rule out the possibility of a cameo appearance. Because of commitments to two other projects, Dragon City and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2, he will not be available. Wilson Yip, director of the first SPL film, will return as a producer of the project.

Soi Cheang, director of solid action films like Dog Bite Dog, Accident and Motorway, will take over the helm. He recently completed production on Monkey King with Donnie Yen which is why Yen may make a cameo in this film. Sammo Hung, Wu Jing, Andy On and Francis Ng are still attached to the project. It has been suggested that the second film will be a prequel.

Tony Jaa is no longer attached to the project either. He may still be busy with Fast & Furious 7. But we all know how that is coming along now, don't we? There may still be an indication in translated reports that there are still Thai roles to be filled for the production. We'll keep our eyes and ears peeled.

SPL: Sha Po Lang was one of those films that reaffirmed that Hong Kong still had game when it came to action cinema. Fans of the Golden Age had almost lost hope that it had come and gone and there was no one left to pick up the pieces of broken glass. Yen and Yip brought new life and energy to the screen with this film and others like Flashpoint and the first two Ip Man films. Let's hope their influence is still felt and Cheang and company bring us another kick-ass chapter to the story.
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  • ricksomchai

    So is he doing the film or not? at first it says he is then at the bottom is says he is no longer attached...

  • According to his people, he is. We left the original story untouched so people could see the original report.

  • Reese Edward Davis

    I have faith in in the sequel...that is all I will say

  • DooK_Fresh

    Shame about Yen not doing this considering the great talents involved (Cheang, Sammo, Andy, Wu Jing). But at the same time I respect Donnie now that he's backing out to do more movies with original ideas instead of milking his own successful movies. DRAGON CITY sounds more promising so I'm glad he investing time to do that one.

  • Qinlong

    Even without Yen, any new Sammo action film is great news. And I really hope for some kind of breakout for Andy On.

  • Guest

    SPL is not a movie, it's a virus, I almost died watching it.
    I think Donnie Yen finally saw it and decided to avoid the sequel like... the plague.

    P.S.

    Thanks for recommending it to me, Roelo. (Douchebag.)

  • Kieran

    Still one of the best action movie these years !

  • Art Vandelay

    If Donnie makes a cameo, they should remake the scene when he punches a guy so hard, he made him mentally crippled...

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