Early last month, we learned that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan had come on board a Russian-Chinese fantasy movie titled Viy-2. Now we have our first look at the two mega stars as well as a first trailer.
Viy (or Forbidden Empire as it is known in North America) starred Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class) as the movie’s hero, an English explorer and cartographer named Jonathan Green. The first film, based on a horror novella written by 19th-century writer Nikolai Gogol, followed Flemyng's adventurer on his journey to “map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Ukrainian forest.”
In Viy-2, whose English title is Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask (like the good folks at Screen Anarchy basically said: Whut?!?! That title has nothing to do with the first one), our hero will head to the Far East, where he’ll ultimately end up in China. Enter Jackie Chan. Here’s the synopsis:
The English traveler Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons - the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time - a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands?
The trailer is in Russian only with no English subs, but is not too difficult to follow. Don't look for Chan or Ahnold, though, they’re sadly nowhere to be found. Check it out below, and let us know what you think.
Viy-2 is slated to open in Russia sometime next year (2017). As for North America … well, that remains to be seen. They'll probably do like the first film and make it available only as a home release at some point.
(via Screen Anarchy)