Clarification on Jet Li's Involvement with Stephen Fung's "Tai Chi 0"

Posted 2:08 PM April 4th, 2012 by Senh Duong
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During last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Chinese film studio Huayi Brothers announced that they’re making “Tai Chi 0” with Jet Li in the lead and Stephen Fung in the director’s chair.

I was excited by the news because I like “The Tai Chi Master,” which was directed Yuen Woo-Ping and co-starred Michelle Yeoh.

Since then, all future announcements regarding “Tai Chi 0” have NOT mentioned Li’s involvement. He is currently listed as a producer on IMDB, but not as a cast member.

According to my source, Jet Li is NOT involved with Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0.” Li had brought the project to Huayi Brothers, but dropped out after they disagreed about the film's vision.

Huayi Brothers liked the idea of a Tai Chi movie, so they hired Stephen Fung to further develop it. Li and Fung have never worked together on “Tai Chi 0.” Apparently, the two visions of the film are very different even though both involved the Tai Chi style.

So there you have it. Li initiated the project, but dropped out over creative differences. Fung entered afterwards and developed it into its current form, which includes a steampunk element.

Li’s initial involvement explains his producer credit on IMDB.

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