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THE MONKEY KING 2 Now Filming; Cast/Character Details Available
From L to R: William Feng, Xiao Shen Yang, Gong Li, Him Law and Aaron Kwok
Late author Wu Cheng'en's 16th century novel, "Journey To The West", continually makes for great source material for those interested in seeing what great lengths they can take to accommodate possible film prospects. Terence Cheung knows this, having already seen major results with this year's long-awaited fantasy adaptation, The Monkey King with action star Donnie Yen back in January.
Now, as per earlier plans to expand on the film's success with the prospects of turning it into a franchise, principal photography is already underway in Wuxi, China for The Monkey King 2 from Filmko Entertainment. Actor Aaron Kwok who portrayed the Bull Demon King in the first film has inherited the title role in the new movie, which will be centered on Curse Of The Golden Flower leading lady, actress Gong Li's portrayal of The White Skeleton Demon. Actor William Feng is also starring as the holy monk, Tang Sanzang who begins his westward journey to retrieve the Buddhist scrolls. Playing his disciples are actor Xiao Shen Yang as the pig, Zhu Bajie, and actor Him Law as the sand monk, Sha Wujing, the latter who had a smaller role in the first film as young god, Muzha.
Co-producer Michael Wehrhahn, representing Global Star Productions for the first film's expected release next year, was on hand to share some gems publicly about the sequel last month while attending the Urban Action Showcase & Expo. "It’s going to be a little bit more developed..." he said in part. "...I’m estimating that we’ll probably have it wrapped up within the next two years." Indeed, as the production is currently slated for a five-month period as of late November with plans to release the film in time for the Lunar New Year celebration on February 8, 2016. Obviously it's still a bit of wait, although it is much shorter compared to its predecessor which took close to four years following Yen's attachment, although this should be more of a cakewalk by now with a teaser possibly arriving around late Fall, give or take a few weeks.
In the meantime, Global Star Productions is on track to deliver a North American version of The Monkey King by February next year while Cheung's recently completed effort with the upcoming Tony Jaa/Wu Jing headliner, SPL 2: A Time For Consequences is readying a 2015 release as well.
Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, check out some behind-the-scenes photos of our cast undergoing hours of make-up, officially unveiled by Filmko in the gallery below, courtesy of MTime.
Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield. It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.
"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…
Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.
Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.
Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…
The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god.
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …