Iceman 3D is currently slated for a Spring 2014 release, and has been picked up by Well Go USA for North American distribution. The film also stars Eva Huang, Simon Yam, Wang Baoqiang, Yu Kang and Huang Shengyi, and is a reboot to the original 1989 kung fu time travel fantasy epic directed by Clarence Fok, and starring Yuen Biao and Yuen Wah.
Plot: He Ying (Donnie Yen), a highly skilled martial-arts warrior in the Ming Dynasty, becomes the only suspect in a murder of a notable official and his family. Three of his best friends are ordered to bring him into justice. While he tries to get away, an avalanche occurs and the four are all buried in deep snow. They are not dead, but frozen in suspended animation.
Four hundred years later, the frozen He Ying comes to life again, and finds himself in a modern, high-tech world. With the help of a young woman named Mei (Huang Shengyi), he learns to use a cell-phone and computer. But the problem returns when his old buddies are defrosted too. Now he needs to use his ancient martial-art skills to fight modern weaponry.
New Donnie Yen‘s The Iceman Cometh 3D posters
Watch trailer for the first Donnie Yen’s The Iceman Cometh 3D
Although The Iceman Cometh 3D is still filming in the Changbai Mountains in China, plans are already made to introduce the new Donnie Yen martial arts film at the Cannes Film Festival in May and generate wider interest in the North American and European markets.
High production costs were incurred for The Iceman Cometh 3D due to massive destructive scenes and delayed filming. However, 30 percent of its $200 million HKD production cost have already been recouped; it received good distribution sales at the recent Hong Kong industry trade show, FILMART.
At the Cannes Film Festival, the film trailer for The Iceman Cometh 3D will be released, along with a press conference. The highlight will be a beach reception where guests are invited to party together with Donnie Yen and Eva Huang. The venue of the launch party will be transformed into a wine cellar with many Caucasians dressed in the same armor Donnie wore in the film. There will also be vaudeville performances among other entertainment, making it a grand Chinese affair. Total budgeted costs for the Cannes promotion are $500,000 HKD.
The first Donnie Yen’s The Iceman Cometh 3D poster
Progress is slow on Iceman Cometh the film has been shooting for 4 months but is not even halfway completed. This is rare for the Hong Kong movie industry, where an entire movie can typically wrap filming in as little as 3 months. But it’s not as though Donnie has been taking it easy: his other action film Special Identity is now in post-production, and the crew on Iceman Cometh recently spent 10 days filming a 7-minute fight scene!
Directed by Clarence Ford, the original Iceman Cometh starred Yuen Biao, Maggie Cheung and Yuen Wah. In this version Yen stars alongside Wang Baoqiang, Simon Yam, and Eva Huang. The film is expected to release in 2013.
The most popular martial artist Donnie Yen has already begun its pre production work on the new martial arts movie THE ICEMAN COMETH 3D, where he will be a star and action director.
Earlier Chi Tan after meeting with producers Stephen Shiu and Stephen Shiu Jr. went to the set for a 1:1 Iceman mold. During the process, Chi Tan’s entire head was brushed with multiple layer of material and cold wax. His entire face was sealed with only his nostrils left for breathing. The process took over a hour.
To maintain the wax figure’s best condition, Chi Tan had to tolerate itches and could not breathe heard. He could not move either. However he had no complaint. Finally the process was done in one shot and Chi Tan’s effort was not wasted.
After the process, the film company will begin promoting and put the wax in costumes for Mainland cinema display.