Thursday, May 25, 2006

Peter Chan talks Eye sequel, while Pangs eye wuxia

Peter Chan was back in Bangkok recently to promote his Perhaps Love and talk about other upcoming projects, among them another sequel to The Eye, an Asian horror franchise that he's produced and is directed by the Pang Brothers. The first film is being remade by Hollywood.

He told The Nation's Soopsip column that the title of the sequel will either be The Eye 3 or The Eye 11 (if you remember, the third Eye movie was variously called Eye 10 or Eye Infinity) and shooting could begin before the end of this year.

Oxide Pang denies everything. Danny and Oxide, like Peter Chan, are Hong Kong directors, but they have worked extensively in Thailand.

"We don't have any plans to do a sequel of The Eye right now," Oxide was quoted as saying by Soopsip.

However they are interested in making a wuxia film.

"We want to make a sword movie," Oxide said. "It can be either a Chinese-Thai sword movie or a Thai sword movie."

Soopsip then goes on to wonder about the future of the Tony Jaa sword flick, Daab Atamas, which is on hold while Tony makes Ong-Bak 2 and director Prachya Pinkaew is busy with other projects.

If the Pang Bros make their sword flick first, will Tony Jaa's get made? Who knows? Heck, why can't they both get made. Even better, how about the Pangs direct Tony Jaa? But that's just me musing. It's all conjecture at this point.

The Pangs, meanwhile, have had their latest film, Re-Cycle, showing at Cannes. It's a Hong Kong/Thai co-production. A review calls it "imaginative but exhausting".

Back to Peter Chan. Besides a possible Eye sequel, he also has martial arts on his mind. Soopsip says he's planning to remake the 1973 Shaw Bros epic, Blood Brothers, with shooting to start in September.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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