Donnie Yen has been as busy as ever with four films set for release in 2012. The upcoming “All’s Well Ends Well 2012” will feature Yen in a non-action role, meaning that action fans will have to probably wait for “The Monkey King” to be released if they want their Wing Chun fix.
Recently wrapping up principal photography with a budget of 400 million yuan, or roughly the cost of a medium budget $60,000,000 Hollywood film, “The Monkey King” has actually have been in production for several years. Yen just beat out Jet Li for the lead role as the legendary Monkey King, and the film will feature an all star cast including Chow Yun-fat as the Jade Emperor and Aaron Kwok as the Bull Demon King.
To be released in 3D, the film has actually recruited a number of Hollywood pros to guide the visual effects including David Ebner who handled the effects work for “Spiderman 3” and Shaun Smith, who created some stellar visuals in “300.” The combination of western technology with eastern action is something we’ve seen to less than spectacular results in Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender,” but with Yen serving as action director, “The Monkey King” promises not to disappoint.
This isn’t the first time “Journey to the West” will have been adapted to film, but this will be the first time we’ve seen the Monkey King’s rebellion against the Jade Emperor in 3D with stunning, modern special effects and in IMAX. With such promise of action, spectacle and drama, western fans will no doubt be crossing their fingers for a theatrical release worldwide.
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