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November 03, 2006

KIRK WONG DIRECTS FIVE DEADLY VENOMS

Shaw Brothers' Five Venoms

When Celestial acquired the bulk of the Shaw Brothers library back in 2000 they claimed they'd be developing remakes as well. Everyone sort of ignored that news in the rush of excitement over the Shaw Brothers movies finally coming to DVD but now the other shoe has dropped. Kirk Wong (CRIME STORY, THE BIG HIT) has been assigned to write and direct a modern day FIVE VENOMS remake, retitled FIVE DEADLY VENOMS and with one of the male characters replaced by a female Spider Girl.

In addition, Teddy Chan (PURPLE STORM, THE ACCIDENTAL SPY), has been tapped to direct a remake of Ho Meng-hua's THE FLYING GUILLOTINE with a script by Su Chao-pin (DOUBLE VISION, SILK) and Emi Wada (HERO) designing the costumes. Sadly, "...a new romantic twist is injected into the story."

I'm glad Kirk Wong is working again (his last movie was the under-rated THE BIG HIT back in 1998) but unless he and Teddy Chan can bring a really unique vision to this then I'm prepared for DRAGON TIGER GATE 2 and 3: over-produced, under-written, about as substantial as a paper napkin. Hopefully I'll be eating my words. Giving weight to the argument for the prosecution is the fact that Philip Lee will be producing both films. Lee is credited as a producer on CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and HERO but also on WINDSTRUCK and TOMB RAIDER 2.

November 3, 2006 at 09:27 AM in News | Permalink

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Then the question remains as to what their particular vision might include to make the films worth checking out...

Posted by: Lopez | Nov 3, 2006 1:57:12 PM

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