Following the success of its original series like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black”, Netflix ventures into film. The online streaming service is teaming up with The Weinstein Company to release its first original film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend”.
The sequel to Ang Lee-directed “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will be released simultaneously in select IMAX theaters and on Netflix on August 28, 2015. The upcoming movie starring Michelle Yeoh is said to be one of “several” major films that will be released in this manner.
“Fans will have unprecedented choice in how they enjoy an amazing and memorable film that combines intense action and incredible beauty,” says Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “We are honored to be working with Harvey Weinstein and a world-class team of creators to bring this epic story to people all over the world and to partner with IMAX, a brand that represents the highestquality of immersive entertainment, in the distribution of this film.”
TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein also says, “The moviegoing experience is evolving quickly and profoundly, and Netflix is unquestionably at the forefront of that movement. We are tremendously excited to be continuing our great relationship with Netflix and bringing to fans all over the world the latest chapter in this amazing and intriguing story.”
The sequel is directed by Yuen Wo-Ping, the director of “Tai Chi Master” and martial arts choreographer for the “Matrix” trilogy and “Kill Bill”. Yeoh will reprise her role as Yu Shu-Lien, and Donnie Yen will star as Silent Wolf. “Glee” star Harry Shum Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo are also among the cast. Filming is currently underway in New Zealand. John Fusco wrote the script based on “Iron Knight, Silver Vase” by Wang Dulu.
The first “Crouching Tiger” movie earned an Oscar for best foreign language film and was also nominated for best picture at the 73rd Academy Awards.