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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon TV Series in the Works

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A new show based on the same series of books as the 23-year-old wuxia hit from Ang Lee is in development at Sony Pictures Television.

Sony Pictures Television is developing a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon series for Prime Video.

According to Deadline, writer Jason Ning will develop the project as part of his new overall deal with Sony. It will be based on the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon novel by Wang DuLu, as well as on the four other books that make up the Crane-Iron series published in China in the 1930s and ’40s. The interlinked novels initially published in serialized form tell the stories of four generations of wandering heroes. Despite its title, the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film from 2000 incorporated elements from the entire series.

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Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Starred Michelle Yeoh

Directed by Ang Lee, the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon film was a Chinese-language international co-production with contributions from the United States, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. It was a worldwide success, popularizing the wuxia (martial arts adventures) genre beyond its original markets and making international household names out of Hong Kong superstars Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-fat. It ended up making almost $214 million dollars on a budget of $17 million. The movie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score.

Yeoh, who can currently be seen in The Witcher: Blood Origins, returned as the only original cast member for the 2016 sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, playing opposite martial arts star Donnie Yen. The film was distributed by Netflix and only got a limited theatrical release. It was directed by the first film’s action choreographer, Yuen Woo-ping, who also choreographed fight scenes for the Matrix and Kill Bill movies. The sequel was mostly dismissed by critics for lacking the original’s sense of poetry. Unlike the first film, it was shot in English and later dubbed into Mandarin.

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Ning has worked as a writer and producer on shows like Lucifer, The Expanse and Perception. Currently, he serves as co-executive producer with showrunner Angela Kang on the upcoming Spider-Man spinoff series Silk: Spider Society. He also fulfilled executive-producing duties on two other highly anticipated streaming series, sci-fi-drama Mrs. Davis from Damon Lindelof on Peacock and Netflix’s action comedy-drama The Brothers Sun from Brad Falchuk about a Taipei gangster settling scores in L.A., co-starring original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Yeoh.

Source: Deadline

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