According to Deadline, The Weinstein Company is prepping a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel to begin production in May. There is already a script by John Fusco in place, but the site is reporting that director Ang Lee will not return to the world that he brought to the screen in 2000. Instead, the studio has hired Chinese director Ronny Yu to take the reins of the series.

The film will be adapted from the fifth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy by Wang Du Lu, titled Silver Vase, Iron Knight, whereas Crouching Tiger was based on the fourth book in the series. This movie will focus on the character of Yu Shu Lien, who was played by Michelle Yeoh in the original. It’s not known which actors will return in this sequel, but the site suggests that some will. Here is what Fusco told the site about the script:

This introduces a new generation of star-crossed lovers, and a new series of antagonists in a battle of good and evil. It has a Knights Errant quality. There is an alternate universe in the books, a martial forest that exists alongside the real world, full of wandering sword fighters, medicine men, defrocked priests, poets, sorcerers and Shaolin renegades. 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.

Are you willing to give this a chance without the involvement of Lee, or is this series better off with just one installment? Let us know what you think. 

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[via Deadline]

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