As part of the Chinese movie studio Huayi Brother’s ‘H Plan,’ in which they aim to compete directly with Hollywood blockbusters, Tsui Hark will produce a prequel to his successful film Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame. Huayi Brothers President Wang Zhongjun conceded that the Chinese box office is still dominated by Hollywood films due to their “appealing storylines” and expensive special effects.
However, Wang expects the H Plan to lead to a turnaround for Chinese film industry. Tai Chi O director Stephen Fung and Painted Skin 2 direct Wu Ershan will also have new projects for Huayi Brothers in 2013.
Update: The fine folks at 24 Frames Per Second offer a detailed plot synopsis for the sequel, titled Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon.
Also, it turns out that Tsui returned to the director’s chair instead of merely producing it. The film is currently in post-production; there’s no word yet if Andy Lau is back or if he could possibly have a cameo, but since the film’s title is emphasizing a younger Dee it’s likely that they recast the role.