Back before Infernal Affairs became a global success and spawned an award-winning Hollywood remake, the Young and Dangerous series was arguably the most popular franchise to come out of post-1997 handover Hong Kong. The movies followed the exploits of several young Triad members and were frequently criticized for glamorizing the gangster lifestyle.
But box office does the talking and Young and Dangerous raked in the dough, launching actors like Ekin Cheng and Jordon Chan to stardom. The series saw four sequels between 1996 and 2000, not to mention a spin-off franchise with Francis Ng and a 1998 prequel starring then-up-and-comers like Nicholas Tse, Daniel Wu, and Shu Qi.
Now producer Wong Jing has made known his intentions to resurrect Young and Dangerous, as a reboot of the series will go before cameras this October 2012. The remake is to be directed by newcomer Daniel Yee Heng Chan, a 31 year-old filmmaker who previously helmed 72 Heroes starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung in 2011.
Wong Jing plans to shoot three other movies in Hong Kong to showcase new talent in the region. As a result, this Young and Dangerous 2013 will star fresh faces Law Chung Him, Oscar Leung, Lam Chi-Sing, Paul Huang and Sammy Sum. Stay tuned to Cityonfire.com for further updates.
Update: Has there been a dearth of oiled up men in your life? Then get ready for the teaser poster for Young and Dangerous: Reloaded.