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WIRE BUZZ: 47 Ronin sequel; Jade City adaptation; and a Scott Pilgrim anniversary flashback
It wasn't exactly a search through a 1000 worlds or 10,000 lifetimes, but the sequel to 47 Ronin has found its director.
No word on 47 Ronin star Keanu Reeves' participation, but the sequel to the 2013 movie will be set 300 years in the future in what is now a cyberpunk world, and will be incorporating horror as well as a modern update of the first movie's samurai elements.
The original film is a fictionalized version of a historical epic based on the eponymous 47 rōnin, which was a real-life group of 18th-century samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master after he was killed by a rival. The movie was directed by Carl Rinsch (The Shapeshifter) and written by Chris Morgan (The Legend of Conan) and Hossein Amini (Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi series), based on a story by Morgan and Walter Hamada (Wonder Woman 1984). Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, and Ko Shibasaki also starred.
Yuan is known primarily as an actor, but this isn't his first time helming a project, having previously directed Step Up China: Year for the Dance, and served as action director for Wild Card starring Jason Statham. Most recently, however, he can be seen acting as Sergeant Qiang in Disney's soon-to-be-released live-action remake of Mulan.
Universal 1440 (a production entity of Universal Pictures) will produce the upcoming film, with John Orlando, Share Stallings, and Tim Kwok all serving as producers.
No release date has been set for the release.
And in some more martial arts-related news, Deadline is reporting that the fantasy trilogy The Green Bone Saga will be making the jump to the small screen thanks to Peacock developing a show based on the World Fantasy Award-winning first book, Jade City.
Written by author Fonda Lee, the saga revolves around jade, a rare commodity in the Asian-inspired fantasy, as it enhances the magical abilities of certain people — like the Kaul family, a long line of "Green Bone Warriors" who use it to amplify their gifts as they defend the island of Kekon from foreign invaders. However, when a new drug that allows anyone, even foreigners, to wield jade, it causes a rift between the Kauls and their rivals, the Ayt family, to blow up and turn into a full-on clan war that will decide the fate of all Green Bone Warriors.
Dave Kalstein (Quantico) will write and executive produce the series, with Breck Eisner (The Expanse) tapped to direct. Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) will serve as consulting producer on the show.
The first two books of Lee's trilogy, the aforementioned Jade City and its sequel Jade War, are out now, with the final book, Jade Legacy coming out in fall 2021.
Finally, for a fun anniversary flashback, director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) has been sharing behind the scenes footage and photos from pre-production of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on his Twitter feed all day in anticipation of the cult classic's 10th anniversary.
The photos and clips, some of which you can see below, offer fun glimpses of the star-studded cast, before many of them would go on to become household names — including Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds of Prey), Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Aubrey Plaza (Little Demon), Alison Pill (Picard), Kieran Culkin (Succession), Mae Whitman (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Brandon Routh (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), and Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death).
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World follows the titular Pilgrim, the slacker bassist of a Toronto-based band called Sex Bob-omb, in his pursuit of a relationship with a rollerblading, Subspace-traveling Amazon courier named Ramona Flowers. However, before he can do so, he will have to battle individual members of the League of Evil Exes, a group of seven of Ramona's former partners — one of whom is a record producer running the music competition that Pilgrim's band is taking part in.
Wright, along with a majority of the cast, and the creator of the graphic novel series upon which the movie is based, Brian Lee O'Malley, recently reunited for a table read to raise money for the charity Water For People.