According some sources SPL 2 is expected to start principal photography in the beginning of May in Hong Kong. For now check out the promotional poster below.
Simon Yam will be back as the same character from the first film. John Zhang Jin has also been added to the cast. Shooting begins in Thailand, China and Hong Kong in early Spring of 2014.
According to the synopsis submitted to State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the film is about a Thai prison guard who needs to free an undercover cop who can save his daughter’s life.
From Tony Jaa: “Hi Everyone. I am really excited to tell you that I will be starring in SPL 2, the sequel to the action thriller SPL (Sha Po Lang). I am equally excited to have Wu Jing the star of Legendary Assassin as my co-star. There are some really neat additional cast members that you will hear about soon and the action will be amazing. SPL 2 will shoot next Spring. Best Wishes TJ.”
According to mtime.com, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa will no longer be starring in S.P.L. 2; however, Yen may make a cameo or guest appearance. The movie is now also being helmed by Soi Cheang (Motorway) with Wilson Yip serving as producer. For now, Sammo Hung, Wu Jing, Andy On and Francis Ng are still onboard.
SPL 2 got a green light. Martial arts film was released in North America under the title Kill Zone and helped provide a boost to Donnie Yen’s and Sammo Hung’s popularity, before they collaborated again three years later on 2008′s Ip Man.
SPL opened in Hong Kong on 18 November 2005. In its first three days it grossed HK$2,166,088. It stayed in the number one position at the Hong Kong box office until 6 December, and eventually grossed HK$7,425,473 in its entire run.
Dennis Law initially planned to make his own sequel to SPL, which would focus on the Sammo Hung character, then realized that the prequel/sequel idea had limited potential, especially when he wanted to show the relationship between the Sammo Hung and Wu Jing characters. Eventually he rewrote the script for his film Fatal Move with Sammo Hung and Simon Yam.
Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, and Wu Jing are expected to return. But here’s where the rumor really stretches credibility: sources say Thai superstar Tony Jaa will also make an appearance in the film. If it sounds too good to be true, it might just be… but stay tuned for more on the story as it develops.
Does it mean that Ip Man 3 would not happen in 2014? But who knows what producers will come with tomorrow…
source: cityonfire, wikipedia