Woo promises new movie - just don't hold your breath

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 July, 2009, 12:00am

You can't accuse John Woo Yu-sum of being idle. Just last month Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng announced she and the action director would make a period kung fu film together called The Sword And The Martial Arts World. Film outlets are now reporting that the Red Cliff auteur is also set to make a second world war historical drama this December about United States air squadrons fighting alongside Chinese soldiers against imperial Japanese forces in an epic tentatively called The Flying Tigers. At a mainland press conference, Woo revealed the Chinese-American production would have a budget north of US$100 million - topping his Red Cliff epic as the most expensive Chinese movie ever. Although the cast is still undecided, it is expected to include Hollywood and Chinese stars.

The director was quoted promising he would create some of the most spectacular aerial battle scenes seen in Chinese cinema. 'This is an extremely important production,' he said. 'This Yunnan-themed film emphasises China-US friendship and the contributions of the Flying Tigers and the people of Yunnan during the war of resistance.'

We'll keep our excitement in check. Woo's most recent planned second world war project, 1949, was shelved due to copyright squabbles. Plus, if you check him at the IMDb website, you'll see he has13 other films listed in development, including A Better Tomorrow and The Killer remakes.