DONNIE YEN To Headline Live Action Adaptation Of SLEEPING DOGS. UPDATE: Status Update


UPDATE: While speaking to Mike Leeder (via ScreenAnarchy) Donnie Yen gave an update on ‘Sleeping Dogs’ stating:

“Now I know a lot of people are very excited about Sleeping Dogs, but we still have a way to go in development. Its taken a while but we’ve finally found a wriiter that myself and Neal Moritz the Producer have agreed upon, and he’s got to work on the script, as we really want it to be accurate, we want it to reflect the real Hong Kong and the game. Its been a long journey, we;ve had to deal with some obstacles, Square Enix finally signed off on everything. Its taken a lot of time, international projects just take a lot of time even for prep, in Hong Kong I could have made 5 movies in the time its taken just to get started on this one! The good thing is that we’re all on the same page, we all want this to work and ready to move forward.”

Yen just wrapped ‘Ip Man 4’ and has just started production on Disney’s ‘Mulan’. After that he is expected to roll onto Benny Chan’s action thriller ‘Crossfire’ and ‘Sleeping Dogs’ in 2019.

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: DONNIE YEN updates the status of SLEEPING DOGS dropping hints that production will begin soon!

After the major box office success of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘xXx: Return Of Xander Cage’, DONNIE YEN have become a hot commodity in Hollywood. His next project in Tinseltown will be none other than the live-action adaptation of SQUARE ENIX’s hit video game SLEEPING DOGS!

The film will be produced by NEAL MORITZ, the man behind the global blockbuster franchise ‘The Fast and The Furious’.

For those unfamiliar with the game, it is set in Hong Kong and follows “Wei Shen, an undercover police officer (Yen) on a mission to take down one of the most powerful and dangerous criminal organizations in the world: the notorious Triads”.

The plot is very similar to 2013’s action thriller “Special ID” also starring Yen. Despite its awesome MMA inspired fight scenes, the film was a letdown at the box office due to its troubled production.

With “Sleeping Dogs”, Yen gets a chance to redeem himself and right the wrong of “Special ID”.

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, check out the video below featuring clips from ‘Special ID’ combined with the soundtrack of ‘Sleeping Dogs’ (edited by our good friend DANNY HO) to get a feel of what the feature film could potentially be like.

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SOURCE: Deadline


  1. Of course it has to be the greatest of them all, Donnie Yen, to star in this role. He’s going to be perfect for this one, even though he’s 53. When it comes to DY he still got it, the MA, the charisma and the popularity, not to talk about the awesomeness. When is the filming going to start?


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