Donnie Yen To Star In Sleeping Dogs Adaptation
Fresh from his co-starring role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Donnie Yen (IP Man) will lead the cast of an adaptation of the best-selling game Sleeping Dogs.
Yen will star as no-nonsense cop Wei Shen, a decorated officer on a one-man mission to bring down a dangerous Triad gang on the streets of urban Hong Kong. Produced by Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious), the movie will be jam-packed with all the car chases and intense martial arts action that made the open world game so addictive.
In addition to appearing in the $1 billion hit Rogue One, Donnie Yen also co-starred alongside Vin Diesel in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Despite an underwhelming domestic performance ($44.6 million), The Return of Xander Cage has pulled in a very respectable $283 million internationally. Donnie Yen was featured heavily in the marketing campaign for the release in China; it clearly helped as Xander Cage pulled in more than $121 million.
Movies based on video games have a checkered history, we were promised that Assassin's Creed would buck the trend, but that turned out to be a load of huffing bobbins. Enjoyable, yes, a great movie? Nope.
Just because Hollywood can't seem to crack the code on making a good movie based on a video game, doesn't stop them from making bags of cash. Proving itself (once again) to be critics proof, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has managed almost $240 worldwide, it's worth noting that only $26 million of that comes from US audiences. Given the ongoing international success of Resident Evil, I would be surprised if this truly was The Final Chapter.
There are currently no details on when Sleeping Dogs will be filming, but the priority right now is to get a script written and find a suitable director.