Yuen Biao Will Join Donnie Yen in "The Iceman Cometh 3D"
Shooting will begin in July and will last three months. The budget is $20M, typical for Donnie Yen movies nowadays because they tend gross at least $25M at the Chinese box office. It's slated for a 2013 release during the national holiday.
"The Iceman Cometh 3D" will be an action comedy like the original, which was about two enemies from the Ming Dynasty who were frozen during a fight and resumes their epic battle when they woke up in the modern era.
Yen has already started doing promotional materials for the film months ago.
All I have to say is good, good, good. Let's just hope this pairing of Biao with Yen doesn't end up like it did for Vincent Zhao with "Special Identity."
This is not the first time Yen has teamed up with Biao. They were co-stars in 1994’s “Circus Kids,” which also featured Ken Lo (“Drunken Master 2”) as another high-kicking villain.
It's ironic that Yen is working with the three brothers nowadays - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, and Yuen Biao - when he was criticizing their work during the eighties and nineties, saying that their fight choreography were too focused on stunts instead of genuine martial arts.
Back then Yen, as he’s doing nowadays by mixing MMA into his choreography, was trying to carve out his own niche mixing Western fighting techniques with Eastern martial arts. Although it was largely ignored by the general Asian audience, he slowly developed an international cult following.