Yen Targets "Ip Man 4" for 2018 Release; Discusses Film with Director, Producer
Donnie Yen was promoting “Ip Man 3” as his last martial arts film, but when it broke box office records late last year in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore (and pulling in strong numbers in neighboring regions) before it opened in China, he told netizens during an IMDB Q&A that a fourth installment is “very likely.”
Before giving a definite answer, Yen and his producers were waiting to see how it would do when it opens in China, the world’s second-largest film market. With a budget of $36M, “Ip Man 3” would need to do well there to make a profit.
Shortly after the numbers came out, Yen told reporters he would meet with director Wilson Yip and producer Raymond Wong to discuss “Ip Man 4.” They’re planning to shoot the film in the middle of 2017 to get it ready for a summer 2018 release.
"Ip Man 4" will focus on the relationship between Ip Man and his most famous pupil Bruce Lee. But we may be teased yet again because that's what Yen and his producers had promised for "Ip Man 2" after the first film became a hit. A lot of it will probably depend on negotiations between Pegasus Motion Pictures (the film company behind the film) and the Lee estate.
Before this new development, Yen was planning a sequel to his MMA (mixed martial arts) cop thriller “Flashpoint.” Maybe Yen fans will get that in 2017 and the fourth “Ip Man” in 2018. But who am I kidding, the ever busy action star has been cranking out nearly three films a year since “Ip Man” turned him into a superstar. We’ll probably get “Flashpoint 2,” “Ip Man 4,” and a handful of other films in between.
Yen is currently shooting “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” with Vin Diesel and Tony Jaa, which is slated for a January 20, 2017 release.