Donnie Yen is quickly making a name for himself. But that sort of statement doesn’t do the prolific performer justice. The Chinese actor has enjoyed an illustrious career that has spanned decades, and his most recent films have certainly provided a larger platform with American audiences. His next film is a video game adaptation that may heighten his career even further. Per Deadline:
Who best to start a new IP for Neal Moritz’s Original Film (Fast and Furious) than the IP Man himself? Martial artist Donnie Yen is set to star in a new feature from Moritz entitled Sleeping Dogs, which is based on the top-selling video game by Square Enix.
Yen, who recently co-starred in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, follows an undercover police officer (Yen) on a mission to take down one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads. The movie based on an action video game is set in Hong Kong and focuses on martial arts fighting, racing, boat chases … and shooting while doing all of that.
Yen, a Chinese martial artist, has long been a fight choreographer and is probably best known to audiences as the star — and Wing Chun grandmaster — of the IP Man franchise. Original Film is producing with DJ2 Entertainment, specifically producers will be Moritz, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons with Toby Ascher and Stephan Bugaj executive producing.
As I’ve stated before on this site, movie adaptations of video games are not a profitable arm of Hollywood. It just seems that no one has discovered the “magical” formula that not only provides a great narrative, but appeals to regular audiences and fanboys alike. But I’m betting on Moritz and Yen to come through with a solid action film.