Chinese martial arts superstar Donnie Yen is set to lead a big screen adaptation of a top-selling video game.
Yen will be starring in a film adaptation of Sleeping Dogs, the Square Enix open-world video game that told of Wei Shen, an undercover Hong Kong-American police officer on assignment to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organization.
According to Deadline, the film is coming from big-time producer Neal Moritz, known for the Fast & Furious franchise, Prison Break, I Am Legend and 21 & 22 Jump Street. The feature is spawning from Moritz’s Original Film umbrella.
Known for a number of very successful Chinese & Hong Kong productions, including the hit Ip Man series, Yen recently hit the US with turns in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Next up for the actor, martial artist and fight choreographer is the biopic King of Drug Dealers, which co-stars Andy Lau and tells of notorious Hong Kong drug lord Crippled Ho.
There’s no word as yet on who will direct or write the Sleeping Dogs movie. We’ll keep you informed.
And in case you’re not too familiar with it, here’s a good look at the Square Enix video game: