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    SHAOLIN - the 2011 film

    Jet Li, Andy Lau eye ‘New Shaolin Temple’
    by Mark Pollard | August 5, 2009

    Producers for a martial arts film being developed in association with the real Shaolin Temple are currently in talks with wushu star Jet Li and actor/singer Andy Lau to star in NEW SHAOLIN TEMPLE. Li is reportedly being considered for a role as a senior monk.

    It has also been revealed that a script by Alan Yuen (ROB-B-HOOD) sets the film’s events during the time of China’s Republican period. The plot loosely deals with efforts by Shaolin monks to aid the populace during a turbulent era.

    Co-producers Henan Television and Emperor Motion Pictures intend to begin shooting by the end of the year.

    For the past few years, Shaolin Temple has been developing film and television series based on the history of Shaolin. In 2006, the 1500-year-old Temple joined forces with Shenzhen Satellite TV to produce a talent show to discover fresh kung fu stars. Watched by an estimated 300 million people, the Global Chinese Kung Fu Star TV Competition brought together 36 competitors selected from 100,000 applicants from around the world.

    If Jet Li takes this role, it would return him to the genre he had sworn off after his starring role in Ronny Yu’s kung fu actioner FEARLESS. Li’s presence in NEW SHAOLIN TEMPLE would also return him to his roots. The former wushu champion began his film career in 1982 by portraying a young fighting monk in the hugely successful mainland Chinese film SHAOLIN TEMPLE.
    But then, there are two refutations (albeit the second is derivative) from Li himself.

    Jet Li: Never heard about 'Shaolin' remake

    Chinese action superstar Jet Li has denied reports that he is to star in a remake of the 1982 smash-hit film "The Shaolin Temple", which launched his celebrated career.

    Jet Li was promoting his self-developed exercise "Wuji" in Beijing on Wednesday. When reporters asked him to confirm his involvement in the project, the actor said, "I never heard about this film."

    Several media reports had suggested Jet Li was in talks to play a supporting role in the remake.

    The 46-year-old actor made his screen debut as a teenager, playing the leading character, monk Jue Yuan in "The Shaolin Temple". The film, named after the martial-arts hotbed in central China's Henan Province, not only made Jet Li an idol for many, but also brought an influx of kung-fu hopefuls to the temple.

    Previous reports say a remake of the film is being planned with a budget of 200 million yuan (US$29.3 million) and the Shaolin Temple would allow the film to be shot on location.

    (CRI August 6, 2009)
    Jet Li denies 'Shaolin Temple' remake
    August 6, 9:36 AMLA Asian American Movie ExaminerEd Moy

    Chinese action star Jet Li won't be starring in a remake of "The Shaolin Temple," which helped launch his acting career.

    A report from China Radio International stated that Li was promoting his self-developed exercise "Wuji" in Beijing on Wednesday when reporters at the event asked him to confirm his involvement in the project.

    But the actor is quoted as telling reporters, "I never heard about this film."

    Several Chinese media reports had suggested Li was in talks to play a supporting role in the remake.

    The 46-year-old Li made his screen debut as a teenager playing the leading character, a monk named Jue Yuan, in "The Shaolin Temple" film which was named after the legendary martial-arts center in China's Henan Province.

    The remake is rumored to begin later this year on a budget of 200 million yuan (US $29.3 million) with the Shaolin Temple allowing the film to be shot on location.

    KungFuCinema.com spread the rumor yesterday that Chinese singer/actor Andy Lau was also in talks to the star in the remake which is entitled "New Shaolin Temple" from a script by Alan Yuen, who wrote Jackie Chan's "Rob-B-Hood."

    The original film made Li a popular martial arts star in China while inspiring many youngsters to begin training at the Shaolin Temple.

    Li went on to star in several "Once Upon a Time in China" films, in which he portrayed the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung. He also co-starred with Jackie Chan in last year's "The Forbidden Kingdom" and appeared with Brendan Fraser in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor."

    In his next film "The Expendables", Li will co-star with Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham as part of a team of mercenaries who travel to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator. The film will be released in April 23, 2010.

    For more about Jet Li visit his official website at: http://www.jetli.com
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    instead of remake, they should consider continuing the original saga, like a sequel or part II etc.

    we always remember Jet Li won wushu at 13 etc.

    we always remember he had a big smile on the film. He likes to eat dumpling.

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    there is a giant current of remake everything in China.

    for example:

    legend of condors heroes.

    1.2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PFWO...ture=related--

    2.2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNaC...eature=related

    they finished a TV series and 2 years later, they remake the same story and change the caste.

    I think that is totally NOT necessary.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SPJ View Post
    instead of remake, they should consider continuing the original saga, like a sequel or part II etc.

    we always remember Jet Li won wushu at 13 etc.

    we always remember he had a big smile on the film. He likes to eat dumpling.

    --

    there is a giant current of remake everything in China.

    for example:

    legend of condors heroes.

    1.2008
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PFWO...ture=related--

    2.2006
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQNaC...eature=related

    they finished a TV series and 2 years later, they remake the same story and change the caste.

    I think that is totally NOT necessary.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyoQY...eature=related

    oops. it was actually 2003.


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    Jackie's in but no Jet

    So's Nicolas Tse...
    Andy and Jackie Chan would be supporting actors in New Shaolin Temple
    Posted on 20 October 2009 by admin

    Because of the film title is similar to Jet Li’s 1982 Shaolin Temple, Hong Kong director Benny Chan’s new film New Shaolin Temple had caught the media’s attention before shooting started. The reporter managed to understand from the film’s investor China Film Group Corporation that the film’s cast had been confirmed, there will be no Jet Li but Andy Lau and Jackie Chan would be the heavyweight supporting actors, one would be villain and the other good guy, the male lead will be Nicholas Tse. Earlier Zhou Xun’s name was once listed on the film’s press conference making one think that she would be the female lead, however her manager expressed that Zhou Xun was invited to be the female lead but reject the offer due to commitments clashed.

    Jet Li’s Shaolin Temple leave a deep impression to audience, thus when plans of Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple came out, it’s alleged that Jet Li would join the cast, but Let almost immediately expressed that he would not be involved in the project. New Shaolin Temple had strong investors in China Film Group Corporation, Emperor Group and Huayi Brothers, there shall not be problems casting heavyweight actors. According to China Film Group Corporation, the male lead for New Shaolin Temple would be Emperor Group’s Nicholas Tse, whereas Andy Lau and Jackie Chan would be supporting actors.

    It is said that there is little screen time for Andy and Jackie in the film. Jackie had the high possibility to be the master of Nicholas and Andy would be the villain general. Benny Chan does not think that Andy’s character being a villain, he said: “He should be an upright and evil character.”

    The shooting for New Shaolin Temple will start at the end of 2009.
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    New Shaolin Temple film: Opening Ceremony

    The remake of the 1980s Kungfu film of the same name was launched at a ceremony in the Shaolin Temple, Songshan Mountain. Shooting for "Shaolin" is expected to start at the end of this year with a release for late 2010.
    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse will head the cast of $29.28m (RMB200m) action epic Shaolin, which marks the first time in 27 years that a film has been authorised to shoot in China’s legendary Shaolin temple.


    Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures (EMP), China Film Group and two other Beijing-based companies – Huayi Brothers and Silver Moon Productions – are working with the Shaolin Temple Culture Communication Centre on the project. The last feature film to shoot at the temple was Shaolin Temple starring Jet Li in 1982.

    Benny Chan (Connected, New Police Story) will direct the film which is scheduled to start shooting at the end of 2009 for release in late 2010.

    Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun and Fan Bingbing will also feature in the star-studded cast, along with thousands of Shaolin disciples.

    Unlike the 1982 film which is set in Tang Dynasty, Shaolin is set in the early 20th century when China was at war. Nicholas Tse will play a wealthy young man who finds refuge in the temple after a tragic incident in his family. He meets his kung fu master, played by Jackie Chan, in the temple as well as future enemies.

    Cory Yuen will serve as action director, with Fletcher Poon Yiu-Ming handling cinematography Chung-man Hai working as production designer.

    “We felt that it was important not to rush into a film project just for the sake of making another film. It has taken us a long time to find the right partners who had all the right elements for something as monumental as this,” said Abbot Shi Yongxin today at a press conference in the temple in Songshan, Henan province.

    Albert Lee, CEO of EMP, said: “This is the project that EMP has been determined to pursue right from the start. I’d like to thank the Abbot for his faith in our vision and also to thank our mainland partners who have helped us realise an outstanding dream.”

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    190 news articles on this topic this morning

    Corey Yuen choreographing. Interesting.
    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau to star in new Shaolin movie
    By MIN LEE (AP) – 10 hours ago

    HONG KONG — The king of kung fu cinema is set to star in a new movie about China's famed shrine of martial arts, the Shaolin Temple.

    Jackie Chan will star in the $29 million production, "Shaolin," the latest screen portrayal of the 1,500-year old temple in central China whose famous fighting monks have featured in films by stars such as Bruce Lee and Jet Li, and in the 1970s TV series "Kung Fu" with David Carradine.

    Chan's Chinese-language film will co-star veteran Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, actor-singer Nicholas Tse and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

    The production, said to boast 1,000 real fighting monks and a grand scene in which the temple burns down, will start shooting later this year for release in late 2010. It was announced in a joint statement Thursday by four Chinese film studios: the state-run China Film Group Corp., Emperor Motion Pictures, Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and Beijing Silver Moon Productions Ltd.

    Hong Kong filmmaker Benny Chan, who worked with Chan on "New Police Story" and "Rob-B-Hood," will direct and Cory Yuen will serve as action co-ordinator. Yuen's credits include "Lethal Weapon 4" and "X-Men."

    "Shaolin" will be an updated version of a 1982 movie, "The Shaolin Temple," in which former Chinese kung fu champion Li made his screen debut, playing a boy adopted and trained by Shaolin monks who seeks to avenge the death of his father.

    The new project could draw more heat for Shaolin Temple abbot Shi Yongxin, who has been accused of high living and seeking publicity for the famed shrine in the Songshan Mountains of central Henan province. He has also faced criticism for upgrading facilities at the once-austere temple.

    Shi has agressively promoted the Shaolin brand, and has threatened to sue companies that use the temple's name or image without permission, but the abbot is clearly on board for Chan's project.

    "It's worth cheering that we are now working with the most outstanding production team," Shi was quoted as saying in the statement Thursday.

    Chan has most recently been shooting a remake of "The Karate Kid" in China with Will Smith's son, Jaden.
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    Shaolin movie

    Sounds interesting.
    r.

    Chan, Lau to star in Shaolin Temple movie
    HONG KONG — The king of kung fu cinema is set to star in a new movie about China’s famed shrine of martial arts, the Shaolin Temple.

    Jackie Chan will star in the US$29 million production, “Shaolin,” the latest screen portrayal of the 1,500-year old temple in central China whose famous fighting monks have featured in films by stars such as Bruce Lee and Jet Li, and in the 1970s TV series “Kung Fu” with David Carradine.

    http://www.calgarysun.com/entertainm.../11491296.html
    http://www.theinsider.com/news/29583..._Shaolin_movie
    Last edited by r.(shaolin); 10-22-2009 at 12:20 PM.

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    very interesting indeed. Lau is definately a great actor, combined with Chan's presence this could be a great film.

    high hopes for sure.
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    29 Mil? Is Chan working for free?

    That's extremely low budget for a Chan film.

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    There is a massive amount of buzz on this project now

    I got sent some nice photos of Jackie and Abbot Shi Yongxin at Shaolin.
    Everybody's kungfu fighting
    By Qiu Yijiao and Liu Wei (China Daily)
    Updated: 2009-10-26 10:33

    Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicolas Tse will join more than 1,000 kungfu monks from the legendary Shaolin Temple to make a 200 million yuan ($29 million) blockbuster.

    Set in early 20th century China, Shaolin Temple tells the story of a young hero who battles warlords with the help of kungfu masters from the Shaolin Temple, which was founded in the 5th century and is acclaimed as a sacred place for martial arts studies.

    Director Benny Chan says the film wouldn't be a remake of, or sequel to, Jet Li's big screen debut by the same name that premiered 27 years ago. Instead, the two films' storylines are very different.

    Li's film was set in the 7th century and was about a young monk's personal growth and cultivation of martial arts skills.

    Everybody's kungfu fighting

    Andy Lao in Shaolin Temple talking about the new blockbuster.

    The flick made him a household name overnight and set the stage for his rise as an international kungfu star. It was so popular that many young people from around Asia went to the temple in Henan province to learn martial arts. It raked in more than 100 million yuan, during a time when a film ticket cost only 10 fen (less than 2 cents) in China.

    Han Sanping, chairman of China Film Group, one of the film's investors, told a press conference on Thursday that he believes the new Shaolin film will generate more box office revenue than Li's.

    Also behind the project is Hong Kong-based Emperor Motion Pictures and Songshan Shaolin Temple Culture Communication Center, a company backed by the temple. Huayi Brothers and Beijing Silver Moon Productions Ltd are also on board.

    "We felt that it was important not to rush into a film," Shaolin Abbot Shi Yongxin says.

    "It has taken us a long time to find the right partners who had all of the right elements for something as monumental as this."

    Tse will lead the cast. Joining him are Chan, Lau, mainland actress Fan Bingbing and more than 1,000 Shaolin disciples.

    Chan will play a chef monk and kungfu master.

    Lau, who plays a warlord, says he was among the millions impressed by Li's film years ago and won't compare it with the new project. He is thrilled to participate in such a film to promote traditional Chinese kungfu.

    Corey Yuen, who choreographed such hits as Red Cliff (Chi Bi) and The X-Men, will take charge of the kungfu scenes, some of which will be shot inside the temple.

    Filming will start later this year and the film will be released at the end of 2010.
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    This has the potential to be the best film Jackie Chan's been in in years. I would have preferred Lau Kar-Leung as the choreographer, but hopefully Corey Yuen's choreo will stack up.

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    It looks interesting with two of my favorite actors
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    Hope it gets released in the states

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    ofcourse it will they all do.

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    at an earlier post. they did do 2 sequels, shaolin kids and shaolin north and south. they should get hu jianqiang back on board. he was in the first 3 movies also and he still moves really well.
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