Accident and Motorway director Cheang Pou-soi has been developing a big screen, special FX-infused adaptation of the famous Monkey King tale for almost three years now. Production began way back in October of 2010 but we haven’t heard much since then, besides the fact that the film’s high budget means it will have to make at least $88 million at the Chinese box office to break even.
The star-studded cast includes Donnie Yen as the Monkey King, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok, and Cecilia Cheung. The Monkey Kong was shot in IMAX 3D and employed visual effects talent from Hollywood personel who had worked on films like I Am Legend and Spider-Man 3.
At long last, Chinese Films revealed today that the film has a release date: July 4, 2013.
That’s hell of a lot of post-production time – we’ll have to wait and see if the movie will be worth the years of development and if audiences can buy Donnie Yen as the iconic Monkey King. Meanwhile, Stephen Chow’s competing Monkey King project – titled Journey to the West – should be in theaters by Spring 2013.
BREAKING NEWS: A new teaser poster and teaser trailer for The Monkey King are online today. Donnie Yen says the film proved to one of his most challenging roles ever, due to the fact that he had to endure 5 hours of make-up to turn into the Monkey King each day. Thanks to Twitch.