Shaw Bros Remakes
Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures recently announced that two projects to remake Five Deadly Venoms (Wu Du) and Flying Guillotine (Xue Di Zi), produced by Shaw Brothers in the 1970s. Directed by The original Five Deadly Venoms is about a young protégé being ordered by his dying master to eliminate the evil ones among five of his previous protégés, known as the Five Deadly Venoms. Each of the Five Deadly Venoms has a lethal skill learned from a toxic animal. The young protégé has to identify and team up with the good one in order to defeat the other four. The story of the remake will be set in present days and the beautiful but lethal Spider Girl will join the all-male clan, replacing one of the original male characters. It will be written and directed by Kirk Wong (The Big Hit, Jackie Chan’s Crime Story). According to a previous report, Andy Lau may have been onboard as a financier and the cast may include Edison Chen, Maggie Q and Lau himself. Shooting would begin right after the Chinese New Year next spring.
Andy Lau to Remake Chang Cheh's Classic WU DU
Sina.com.cn reports that Hong Kong superstar has planed to finance a remake of WU DU (Five Deadly Venoms / Five Venoms / Pick Your Poison), by late martial-art film director Chang Cheh. The original report claims the cast will include Edison Chen (Dog Bite Dog, Initial D, Infernal Affairs), Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard, Mission: Impossible III) and Lau himself, the film will be shot in English (???) with director Kirk Wong (The Big Hit, Jackie Chan's Crime Story). Released in 1978, the original Wu Du tells that a young kung-fu protege is ordered by his dying master to eliminate the evil ones among five of his previous proteges, known as the Five Venoms. Each of the Five Venoms has a lethal skill learned from a toxic animal. The young protege have to find and team up with the good one among the Five Venoms, to defeat the evil ones. Shooting would begin right after the Chinese New Year next spring.