Following SPL 2′s box office success (read our review), the possibility of an SPL 3 was inevitable – in fact, it’s in stone! According Twitchfilm (via FCS), producer Paco Wong (Zombie Fight Club) announced that the next installment in the SPL franchise has already been green-lit.
The original SPL (aka Sha Po Lang), helmed by Wilson Yip (Bio-Zombie), 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. Even with a Category III rating (essentially the Chinese equivalent of the NC-17), SPL proved successful in Hong Kong theaters.
Taking over directing duties for SPL 2 is Soi Cheang (Accident). The film stars Tony Jaa (Skin Trade), Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior), Louis Koo (Flash Point), Simon Yam (Cyprus Tigers) and Zhang Jin (Rise of the Legend). Despite the absence of Yen, SPL 2 had a successful opening in China and is still going strong.
There are currently no directors, stars or a release date attached with SPL 3, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed. For now, don’t miss the trailer for SPL 2 (as well as our review). As for as a North American release? We’re pretty sure it’s coming soon…