THE MOVIE: A $23 million sequel to SPL or Sha Po Lang, is in pre-production. The martial arts film was released in North America under the title Kill Zone and 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: Film Business Asia reports that SPL 2 has been granted a greenlight by the Chinese film board. The film is now allowed to enter production. All that’s known is that the movie is a ‘thematic sequel.’
Donnie Yen will no longer be in SPL 2. The movie is now also being helmed by Soi Cheang (Motorway) with Wilson Yip (Ip Man) serving as producer. For now, Sammo Hung, Wu Jing, Andy On and Francis Ng may still be onboard.
Twitch reports that SPL 2 will star Tony Jaa opposite Wu Jing. Dion Lam (Red Cliff) will be involved in the stunt work and Terrence Cheung (taking over for Soi Cheang) will be directing the feature with Wilson Yip’s involvement. Shooting begins in Thailand, China and Hong Kong in early Spring of 2014. Film Combat Syndicate has a video with Jaa having fun with the SPL 2 team.
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.” | Simon Yam will be back as the same character from the first film. John Zhang Jin (The Grandmaster) has also been added to the cast. | SPL 2 is expected to start principal photography in the beginning of May in Hong Kong. | 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. - Thanks to hktopten