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Weinstein Tames Crouching Tiger

Published March 10, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Sony Pictures Classics
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon re-ignited the romantic martial arts genre with its combination of amazing cinematography with crazy fight sequences; usually involving wires.

After Crouching Tiger can films such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Though sequels and prequels have been suggested for the film, the idea has only just become a reality with The Weinstein Company picking up the rights to further films, books and a stageplay.

Weinsteins Own Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

According to Variety, Bob and Harvey Weinstein are planning to bring a legit version of the martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to the stage. However, the Weinstein's do not plan to put their eggs all into one basket and plans to also develop the story into a series of books that would later lead to sequels and a prequel to the original film.

The Weinstein Co's purchase gives the picture house worldwide rights to develop and produce a stage adaptation of Chinese author Wang Du Lu's "Crane -- Iron Pentalogy," a series of tomes that includes Tiger as its fourth installment.

The Weinstein Co will first concentrate on the stage adaptation of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which Harvey Weinstein envisions to be a "combination spectacle and musical with a cohesive (storyline)." He also goes on to compare the adaptation to that of Cirque du Soleil; except Tiger will feature the most amazing feats of martial arts.

The original "Crane -- Iron" books comprise five martial arts novels that follow the adventures of three generations of related protagonists during the Qing dynasty. Titles include Crane Frightens KunLun, Precious Sword, Golden Hairpin, Sword Spirit, Pearl Light, Tiger and Iron Knight, Silver Vase.

The Weinstein's are hoping to get Tiger helmer Ang Lee and producer Bill Kong to jump on board

Stay tuned for updates.

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