THE MOVIE: A $23 million sequel to SPL or Sha Po Lang is in post-production. The original – 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) serving as producer. For now, Tony Jaa, Louis Koo, Wu Jing, Simon Yam and Zhang Jin 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.” | Set photo of Tony Jaa in uniform. | 2nd promotional poster, thanks to Keung.
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. | Actor Wu Jing recently tweeted this new poster for the film. | A pack of new photos of Tony Jaa.
BREAKING NEWS: Watch the 1st trailer for SPL 2: A Time For Consequences right now!