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KUNG FU HUSTLE 2 Officially Delayed; Stephen Chow Heads To The Stars!!

Published at: April 17, 2006, 9:17 a.m. CST

Merrick can't wait...


Monkeypeaches is reporting that Stephen Chow, the writer/producer/director/star of KUNG FU HUSTLE (and the writer/director/star of SHAOLIN SOCCER) has officially postponed his KUNG FU HUSTLE sequel in favor of a space adventure.

Previous rumors suggested Chow might delay this sequel for a bit longer, or scrap KFH 2 altogether - being no particular fan of sequels. But, apparently, the project is only drydocked for fine-tuning – a point confirmed by Chow at a promotional even this weekend.

His science fiction film is said to feature many kids, and is about “an astronaut who somehow falls in love with a girl in space”. Whether this means both characters are in space, or if only she’s in space, is unknown.

All I can think of…at this moment…are the intrinsic possibilities of Stephen Chow martial arts sequences set in zero gravity – which would be a logical extension of the physics-defying, FX driven combat sequences he’s already visualized. No, I don’t have any knowledge that such material is intended for the film - nor are we certain the new project is action based. I’m just blabbering about what I’d like to see…

Presumably, the ever-savvy Chow wishes to capitalize on China’s recently ignited fervor for space travel - fanned by successful manned launches, and a sweeping master plan which points that country towards the moon within two decades.

Back in the 80s, Chow “presented” a popular children’s television show called 430 SPACE SHUTTLE. Wondering if there might be any kind of cross connect between that show and his new movie, I looked around a bit. I’ve been unable to track down any information about the series, beyond reports that it aired for either five or six years.

Thanks to Han for the e-mail!

My son was considering playing soccer until he realized soccer balls didn’t punch through the air like fiery comets - as they do in SHAOLIN SOCCER. Wonder how Chow will now “ruin” space travel?! (I mean this in an affectionate, respectful way…)


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  • April 17, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Toad Style Baby

    by FordPerfect

    Toad Style vs Hampster Style

  • April 17, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    This guy is a god

    by butnugget

    and anything he does I will be ther to see no matter how strange it sounds. Oh, and Brick was the best movie I've seen all year. hands down.

  • April 17, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Oh I know

    by FordPerfect

    No I don't.

  • April 17, 2006, 9:47 a.m. CST

    GIRTH

    by Joseph Merrick

    Ummm...actually...I think TBers are fantastic and interesting

  • April 17, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    stephen chow..

    by nolan bautista

    ..movies are now more polished and extremely watchable..i'll wait for anything he has in production

  • April 17, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    I agree no KFH2

    by FordPerfect

    The first one was so great a sequel would never live up to it. He needs to stick with different movies and avoid "The Deuces" all together.

  • April 17, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    ...no particular fan of sequels...

    by woxel1

    Maybe he doesn't like sequels but he's starred in a bunch. Could just be a natural result of his Woody Allenesque level of output.

  • April 17, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO

    by clockpolitiks

    Why? Although a sequel really isnt needed for KFH, I would like to see one. It would be fun. Loved the first.

  • April 17, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Sequel to KFH or new movie whatever! just bring more!!

    by TheResident

    Chow movies are so insane! they rock! i loved The Beast character in KFH, he definetly stole the movie, when he just raised his leg and the floor and wall in front of him ripped apart! OMG! PRICELESS!!!! lol!!!

  • April 17, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Stephen Chow

    by emeraldboy

    I saw KFH and Shoalin Soccer on Dvd. Shaolin Soccer was very funny in places especially the scene where he visits his old man at the bar to get the money to pull his soccer team together. KFh is onw of the strangest films i have ever seen. I would love it if chow learned to structure his films a little better in the story depart meant. Shaolin Soccer was about one mans quest to merge Soccer and the shoalin fighting technique but KFH, apart from being a film about two tribes I couldnt really figure our was going on. he does make interesting films and I hope for his he steers clear of hollywood, Look at what they did to poor jackie Chan and Jet....Jet....Jet....Jet, something or other, I wonder what happened to Jet....Jet...Jet...Jet...Jet....

  • April 17, 2006, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Ax Gang

    by harrys_site_sucks

  • April 17, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    I have nothing to add to this TB...

    by Kung Fu Hustler

    ...but I figured my username warranted a worthless posting.

  • April 17, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Merrick vs Talkbackers

    by Zoviet Squid

    Please, who the hell perceives Merrick's reference to TBers as a flagrant, mean-spirited insult? To me, it makes things more informal and fun, and I can't imagine anyone being so sensitive and misguided as to be outrightly annoyed and insulted by a completely indirect mention not intended as such *on the internet*. People are just nitpicky because Merrick's pseudo-new and they think they have a better grasp of 'how things should be.' Keep doing what you're doing, Merrick - you're kicking ass so far.

  • April 17, 2006, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Oh, and as for the topic

    by Zoviet Squid

    Glad Chow isn't doing a sequel (right away). So far, foreign films are my safe haven from the hollywood sequel/remake fecal machine, and I'd hate to see other countries gradually slip into the same formula.

  • April 17, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Kung-fu in zero-g?

    by Fred

    Rather see a what Chow can do with a zero-g song and dance number.

  • April 17, 2006, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Who's producing this?

    by Harry Weinstein

    Hopefully Chow's sticking with Sony, since they'll actually release the movie in a relatively timely manner. I was looking forward to KUNG FU HUSTLE 2, the original was very good, and I know where he was coming from with it - a huge budget tribute to the old school, notably the films of Sammo Hung and Yuen Wo-ping.... but Stephen Chow should have given himself more screen time. The space movie sounds like less of an ensemble piece and more of a proper Stephen Chow vehicle along the lines of GOD OF COOKERY (Miramax, the Weinsteins are gone, you can release this one now).

  • April 17, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Merrick, how DARE you make that insinuation

    by Tony Mike Hall

    Awwwwwwww, someone needs to get laid. I won't name names, but it begins with "G" and ends with "n" and in the middle there's "irthFerguso". Also, I would love to see you try and mount a TB "revolt" - bet it would be just as easy as mounting Harry without rock climbing equipment for someone afternoon delight.

  • April 17, 2006, 11:58 a.m. CST

    they should film it in space

    by joeypogi

    shouldn't they?

  • April 17, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    *yawn* I just wanna know when KUNG POW 2 is coming out

    by Shermdawg

    :P

  • April 17, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    KFH 2 = endless possibilities

    by turk128

    Seriously, remember the end where the beggar reveals 5 books? KFH mainly dealt with 1 of the books (and part of another... those assassins with Chinese instrument). The other books are as diverse and different as you can get (especially the badass chaotic styles). And KFH universe deserves a trilogy. http://img506.imageshack.us/img506/1176/kungfuhustle1600ha.jpg

  • April 17, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Stephen Chow is Crap

    by HarryKnuckles

    Stephen Chow has got to be the worst thing about martial arts films today. His films are certainly the most overly hyped films coming out of Hong Kong. I'm in love with just about every genre of film coming out of Asia, but Stephen Chow's popularity makes me sick to my stomach. He's unfunny and his martial arts sequences defeat everything I love about Kung Fu movies today. Plus he's a criminal, and the great Sammo Hung walked off the set of Kung Fu Hustler because Chow was being a big jerk. Stephen Chow: please go away!

  • April 17, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I love his outline of the plot...

    by Childe Roland

    ...for the sci fi film. It reminded me of when Homer was pitching his screenplay to Ron Howard "It's about this robot driving instructor who travels back in time for some reason..." Just knowing that there are film makers out there with this sense of genuine whimsy and disregard for over-pre-thinking a story warms the cockles of my heart. Yes...my heart has cockles.

  • April 17, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Longtime fan of Chow's flicks vs The Haters

    by Doctor_Sin

    And anything he does rocks. "God of Cookery", "From Beijing With Love", "King of Beggars", "Fight Back to School", "Forbidden City Cop" and "Royal Tramp" are all classics. F-U to the haters who only judge the man on his kung-fu/martial arts parodies. He's been making movies since the 80s. Go rent "Curry and Pepper" and then we'll talk.

  • April 17, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST

    mmmm, god of cookery

    by joeypogi

    i haven't seen any of the films you've mentioned on your list, besides god of cookery and king of beggars. i wonder which one i'll watch next. any recommendations?

  • April 17, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Keep up the good work Merrick

    by DOGSOUP

    I can't wait for this!

  • April 17, 2006, 2:22 p.m. CST

    joeypogi

    by Doctor_Sin

    I'd recommend you check out "Royal Tramp" and "Forbidden City Cop." One I forgot to list was "Sixty Million Dollar Man" (a bionic man parody where Chow's character needs bionic replacement parts and his dad won't pay the full price, so he ends up with cheap parts - like a garden hose penis...think "Inspector Gadget" via Stephen Chow). "From Beijing With Love" is his Bond parody (where his character is so tough, he watches a porn film to distract him from the pain of having bullets removed from his body).

  • April 17, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    All those titles SUCK!

    by HarryKnuckles

    Doctor Sin: I've seen and hated all those titles you've mentioned. The man and his art is garbage! He's the Asian equivalent to Kevin Smith or Michael Bay. I hope Stephen Chow goes into space and never comes back.

  • April 17, 2006, 2:57 p.m. CST

    430 Space Shutle

    by PrezMike

    Chow was not only one of the host of 430, if I am not at all mistaken, that was his debut in the entertainment business. The 430 show did run for several years, and is actually still on, but in a different incarnation. Over the years, it's changed its name and theme along with new things that came along, in the 80s that being the space shutle, afterwards, there were fax, the Net, etc.

  • April 17, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    just saw Kung Fu Hustle

    by imkindofabigdeal

    And absolutly loved it...everything about it was entertaining. Sucks the sequel is being held up, i'll be looking foward to it when it's done.

  • April 17, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Sequel? Nah.

    by Winterchili

    Really, the first one was too perfect on it's own. The ending is inviting for a sequel, but better left to the imagination I think.

  • April 17, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Harry Knuckles has a new film to not go and see, then

    by Doctor_Sin

    Actually, the Asian Michael Bay would be Tsui Hark - films full of visuals and moments, but adding up to little and making almost no sense, completely unintentionally. Besides, I'd like to know how "his martial arts sequences defeat everything I love about Kung Fu movies today." Huh? Martial Artists have bitched about Jackie Chan since the early 80s and how 'unrealistic' movie fighting is. So, what is it about 'today's' kung fu flicks that have endeared them so much to you as opposed to any other 'kung fu' film ever made in the history of Asian cinema? More or less people flying? More or less super jumps and super kicks? More or less bone-crunching brawling? Everything in 'kung fu' movies today has always been in 'kung fu' movies. That's what Chow is parodying. Now, I will grant that much of his earlier work is peppered with regional Cantonese humor, so a lot of jokes don't translate well. I could see someone not liking "Tricky Brains." But, "God of Cookery"?!?!? That is genius.

  • April 17, 2006, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Nah, the Asian Michael Bay has to be

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...either Benny "GEN-Y COPS aka METAL MAYHEM" Chan or Stanley "CHINA STRIKE FORCE" Tong, aka Stanley "MR. MAGOO" Tong. If Bay ever makes something even one-tenth as good as Tsui Hark's THE BLADE or PEKING OPERA BLUES, that would be different. Michael Bay's still trying to come up with something with the raw entertainment value of Tsui's way-underrated KNOCK OFF. Rob Schneider whipping Jean-Claude Van Damme in the ass with a live eel in a movie about exploding bluejeans. Michael Bay has a way to go yet if he wants to top that.

  • April 17, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    ...and for the record:

    by Harry Weinstein

    GOD OF COOKERY is a masterpiece - I don't know how this film gets away with so many rapid shifts in tone without losing the audience, but somehow it works flawlessly, even for people not familiar with Hong Kong movies at all, let alone Stephen Chow movies. Again, Miramax would release this soon if they were smart. Get it out there between KUNG FU HUSTLE and the space movie he's doing.

  • April 17, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    To the Doctor and Mr. Weinstein

    by HarryKnuckles

    Black Mask 2: City of Masks aside, I would have to disagree with Doctor Sin's take on Tsui Hark's visual style. I find his action scenes busy, but never confusing; Tsui Hark simply asks for more from his audience then your typical Kung Fu flick does. The thing I love most about the cinema from Hong Kong is the careful eye for continuity while at the same time keeping a break neck pace within fight scenes -- Jackie Chan, Corey Yuen, Stanley Tong and especially Sammo Hung are the masters. Miss Steven Chow throws this aesthetic out the window; he simply has no care for continuity, "defeating" the aesthetic that set Hong Kong action films apart from every other action film worldwide; I believe Miss Chow's lack of a desired continuity in Kung Fu Hustle is why Sammo Hung walked off of the set. Harry Weinstein mentioned some very good films above. I love the action scenes in China Strike Force, and Tsui Hark's The Blade is one of the best films made in the 90's. I'll admit that Benny Chan has had a very mediocre few years, but New Police Story is great! Call me crazy -- but give me Knock Off any day of the week over God of Cookery. BTW - Double Team is aging very well!

  • April 17, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    "Stephen Chow Conquers The Martians."

    by buster00

    Make it so.

  • April 17, 2006, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Whatever happened to New Police Story?

    by GaiustheBrave

    Maybe a bit off topic, but kinda related. Is it gonna be on DVD in the US anytime soon? Anyone know, and care to answer?

  • April 17, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    God of Gamblers!

    by turk128

    Damnit, everyone forgets Stephen Chows part in that great ensamble. Chow Yun Fat playing the straight guy with Chow = the funny. And HarryKnuckles, you can go back to the over-produced, yawn-inducing, romance-by-the-numbers crap that is the 'epic' martial arts flic coming out HK nowadays; the real fans will take Chow's old school goodness over that anyday.

  • April 17, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    New Police Story on DVD May 16th

    by HarryKnuckles

    New Police Story hits DVD in the US on May 16th - check it out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EWBKIK/102-6860126-4976958 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! PS - Stephen Chow still sucks!

  • April 17, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Don't praise Wong Jing

    by HarryKnuckles

    Turk 128 -- I'll give you God of Gamblers, however it was directed by the only other Hong Kong filmmaker lousier then Stephen Chow - Wong Jing. I guess that's where Chow got all of his crappy cinematic bullshit from. "Real Fans" my ass!

  • April 17, 2006, 11:18 p.m. CST

    kids?

    by soup74

    anybody else concerned about the state "there will be lots of kids" in the movie.. dont kids acting all precocious almost always ruin cool movies?

  • April 18, 2006, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Kung fu hustle

    by Fortunesfool

    So its just me who thought this was an overrated cg cartoon with terrible shifts in tone and irritating characters. I struggled to sit through it. Now Ong Bak was a different story, that was impressive. All hail Tony Jaa kneeing people in the head and boo hiss to Stephen Chow, the Paul ws Anderson of Kung fu.

  • April 18, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Good movies with kids...

    by brycemonkey

    I'll start the ball rolling with The City of Lost Children (I won't pretend to be cool and put the French title). Fine movie with great kids performances.

  • April 18, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks HarryKnuckles,

    by GaiustheBrave

    Hopefully this will redeem Chan for the "Medallion" and "Around the World".

  • April 18, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    Chan Delivers Again -- Finally!

    by HarryKnuckles

    To GaiustheBrave: He certainly does redeem himself with New Police Story. I would say it was one of the best action films of 2004 -- and the chase down the side of a skyscraper that ends with a double-decker bus chase is one of the most relentless action scenes ever committed to the big screen; as good as the truck chase in Raiders of the Lost Ark -- seriously that good!

  • April 18, 2006, 11:49 a.m. CST

    All this talk of Chow

    by joeypogi

    finally got me to watch The King of Comedy, which was crap. Whatever the case is, it has whetted my appetite for more Chow. Must find more to watch.

  • April 18, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Wong Jing & 80 DAYS

    by Harry Weinstein

    Wong Jing's made some highly intolerable films. Hundreds, maybe thousands. He's not complete shit though - if nothing else, he wrote the script for Sammo Hung's masterpiece PRODIGAL SON, definitely a career highlight for all involved. AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS needs no redemption. Karen Mok and her sexy English accent as the villain, some nice action scenes, (Statue Of Liberty!), lots of fun cameos, and an satisfying appearance by Wong Fei Hung and the Tigers of Canton - you can't lose. Disney's marketing of this film was really poor. It's not perfect, but it remains a damn fun movie, closer in tone to his HK classics than any of his other English-language features. It deserved better, and time will be kind to it.

  • April 18, 2006, 4:43 p.m. CST

    GOOD MOVIES WITH KIDS (GIVING GOOD PERFORMANCES)

    by Harry Weinstein

    Excluding Spielberg films because I don't have all day. LITTLE CHEUNG by Fruit Chan. SMALL CHANGE by Francois Truffaut. THE GOONIES by Richard Donner. FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR by the guy who directed GREASE. STREET KIDS VIOLENCE by Wellson Chin. Joe Dante's MATINEE & EXPLORERS. FRIEND by Kwak Kyung-Taek.

  • April 18, 2006, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Prodigal Son KICKS!

    by HarryKnuckles

    Prodigal Son is perhaps the best film mentioned on this forum yet! Sammo at his near best, and Yuen Biao at his very best. As for Around the World in 80 Days -- well it does feature one of the best cameos ever: Sammo Hung as Wong Fei Hung. When Sammo fought back to back with Jackie in that scene my balls it the floor of the cinema. Bring on Project BB Jackie!