John Woo's The Battle of Red Cliff

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  1. Hunter Rider

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    http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/display.cgi?id=20464

    Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a tidbit on the goings-on of John Woo from The Hollywood Reporter. It seems that he has 2 projects that'll take him back to China, one an English language film to shoot there and the other, a film called THE WAR OF THE RED CLIFF, to be shot in his native Chinese language. This is nothing but good news to me. He's had some good flicks in the US (I love me my FACE/OFF and if it wasn't for BROKEN ARROW I'd be writing for HARRY KNOWLES' COOL NEWS PLACE or something), but when he misses... good god does he miss. I'm happy to see him return to his element. Drink up that Chinese water and get you some of that fine cuisine. Power up, bud! You got another KILLER in you! I know it! Here are the details on the two flicks:

    John Woo is going back to China to shoot a neo-noir thriller for Bristol Bay Prods.

    The untitled project will be filmed in Beijing and will be produced in association with StudioCanal. Woo also will produce with Terence Chang through their production company, Lion Rock Prods. Caroline Macaulay of Lion Rock will be executive producer.

    One of the appeals for the filmmakers was the chance to shoot in China and explore the country's seemingly contradictory duality of being a communist-run nation with a capitalist impetus.

    The story involves an American visiting China who becomes entangled in a clash between the communist government and the underworld that is fueling the underground economy. Don MacPherson is writing the screenplay.

    Bristol Bay is financing the movie, which will be in English.

    CAA-repped Woo is prepping "The War of the Red Cliff," which will be his first movie shot in China and in the Chinese language since the Hong Kong action director broke into Hollywood in 1993 with "Hard Target." His U.S. oeuvre includes "Broken Arrow," "Face/Off" and "Mission: Impossible 2" as well as "Paycheck" and "Windtalkers."

    Bristol Bay is the sister company to Walden Media and part of the Anschutz Film Group. Bristol Bay produced and financed "Ray" and "Sahara."
     
  2. Mentok

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    Good news... Woo's hollywood films have never quite hit the mark. I hope he comes out with something good :up:
     
  3. Hunter Rider

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    Me too,i love Woo's HK movies and i enjoyed a few of his US ones but this is what he needs after Paycheck,hope he gets a good actor for the noir one as i already know he has Chow lined up for the War of Red cliff
     
  4. ord0g

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    It's about time John Woo decided to go back to China to make a Chinese film. All his efforts in the US have been pretty piss poor to say the least. I can't wait to see Chow Yun Fat and John Woo team up again.
     
  5. Sava

    Sava Dont cry, my dear

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    not all jis US films sucked, but yeah, good news
     
  6. the_ultimate_evil

    the_ultimate_evil CURSE YOU GIN MONKEY.

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    gee between, these,metroid,splinter cell,and masters of the universe, the guy has his plate full,

    i personally take every john woo new film with a grain of salt

    but personally i'd like to see masters first
     
  7. OtepApe

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    It's about time Woo went back to China. Some of his US films have been ok, but nothing like his older stuff back in China.
     
  8. woo needs to hook up with my favourite hk movie actor,

    chow yun fat

    after all the movies they made in the past you would think they would continue to make great action movie together,
     
  9. Darth Rockwell

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    This guy makes great films if they are his foregin stuff but his US stuff is not that great. Can't wait for War of Red Cliffs
     
  10. Kable24

    Kable24 Member of the NRA

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    Hopefully he stays there. His American movies have been crap, although I enjoyed Hard Target
     
  11. green

    green fear is the mind killer

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    http://www.darkhorizons.com/news07/070211i.php
     
  12. Movies205

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    I can see this bombing outside of Japan considering everytime a film that's longer has been compressed down it's ended disasterously because it usually shows... THe most recent example would be Kingdom of Heaven.
     
  13. Ronny Shade

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    Hunrter rider is by far my favorite hype movie news informer.

    Long live the Woo
     
  14. GoldenAgeHero

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    i want a face/off 2.
     
  15. Hunter Rider

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    Shame,Leung is a great actor.Still his replacement is also good
     
  16. Sava

    Sava Dont cry, my dear

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    damn... i liked that guy :(
     
  17. Hunter Rider

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    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=19914
    :csad::csad::csad:
     
  18. Sava

    Sava Dont cry, my dear

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    what the hell is Woo doing?... he's lost two great actors :down:
     
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    wow, was looking for to this film but the great actors keep dropping.
     
  20. Hunter Rider

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    http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=19972

    Leung Returns for Woo's Battle
    Source: The Hollywood Reporter
    April 19, 2007


    Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, who quit director John Woo's The Battle of Red Cliff last month, will rejoin the $70 million production following co-star Chow Yun-Fat's sudden departure earlier this week.

    Leung was set to be with the production in Hebei, outside the Chinese capital next week.

    Producer Terence Chang would not say if Leung was rehired to replace Chow in the role of Zhou Yu. Leung previously was cast in the role of Zhuge Liang, but quit in March due to scheduling conflicts only to be replaced by actor Takeshi Kaneshiro.

    A two-part production based on a decisive battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280AD), the film is Woo's first Chinese language film after more than a decade.
     
  21. Sava

    Sava Dont cry, my dear

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    thank god :up:
     
  22. Movies205

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    I still want Chow Yun-Fat... Come to think of it I need to rewatch The Killer :(
     
  23. Ronny Shade

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    I hope ...I mean REALLY hope, that John and Chow are still cool. If there's anything worth looking forward to in cinema, it's Chow Yun Fat doing another John Woo movie.
     
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    Chow Yun Fat is back!

    Apparently now he's back in John Woo's Chinese epic BATTLE OF RED CLIFF, which is like an 80 million dollar game of musical chairs at this point. If you're unfamiliar with the back-story, Chow Yun Fat was cast in the lead role of Zhou Yu, and Tony Leung was cast in the supporting role of Zhuge Liang. Then, Leung dropped out, to be replaced by Takeshi Kaneshiro (HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS), and a couple of months later, Chow Yun Fat dropped out too, citing his late receipt of the script as the reason. Now, in any movie production, this would be a fairly ridiculous circumstance (to have your 2 headliners drop out as shooting begins), but a couple of weeks ago, Leung returned to the project to take the role that Chow Yun Fat vacated. Are you still with me? Because now apparently, Chow Yun Fat has 'verbally agreed' to return to the film, now in an unspecified role. It's a ridiculous circumstance, but I still have high hopes for the movie. Stay tuned to find out which of the cast members is voted off the island next week!

    Extra Tidbit: There were rumours that Chow Yun Fat left the project initially, because of a disagreement over his excessive 'Hollywood-esque' demands.

    http://joblo.com/chow-yun-fat-again
     
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    I don't like this director.
     

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