THE MOVIE: A $23 million prequel to SPL or Sha Po Lang is in post-production. The original, which was released in North America under the title Kill Zone, helped provide a boost to Donnie Yen’s and Sammo Hung’s popularity before they collaborated again three years later on 2008′s Ip Man. Despite a Category III rating (essentially the Chinese equivalent of the NC-17), SPL proved successful in Hong Kong theaters.
Updates: Donnie Yen will not be in SPL 2. The film is being helmed by Soi Cheang (Motorway) with Wilson Yip (Ip Man 1 and 2) serving as producer. Tony Jaa (Skin Trade), Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior), Louis Koo (Flash Point), Simon Yam (Cyprus Tigers) and Zhang Jin (Rise of the Legend) make up the film’s leading cast.
According to Film Business Asia’s Kevin Ma, SPL 2′s plot involves “a Thai prison guard who needs to free an undercover cop who can save his daughter’s life.” | According to THL, the full title of SPL 2 will be SPL 2: A Time For Consequences. Here’s the main cast that was showcased during a recent press conference: Tony Jaa (Tom Yum Goong 2), Louis Koo (Flash Point), Wu Jing (SPL), Simon Yam (Fatal Move), Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster) and Babyjohn Choi (Black and White). Click here to see press release photo. | 1st trailer. | 2nd trailer.