Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend is an upcoming American-Chinese wuxia film directed by Yuen Woo-ping and written by John Fusco, based on the novel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Du Lu Wang. It is also a sequel to the 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film stars Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum, Jr., Jason Scott Lee, Roger Yuan, Eugenia Yuan, JuJu Chan, Chris Pang, and Natasha Liu Bordizzo. It will be the first feature film to premiere simultaneously on Netflix and in IMAX theaters on August 28, 2015. The film is also to be released on Netflix first quarter 2016.
Michelle Yeoh reprises the role of Yu Shu Lien in the sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" that will be directed by Yuen Woo-Ping. Donnie Yen is confirmed to play the male lead Silent Wolf.
Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf
Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu Lien
Harry Shum, Jr.
Jason Scott Lee
Eugenia Yuan as Blind Enchantress
JuJu Chan as Silver Dart Shi
Natasha Liu Bordizzo as Snow Vase
Chris Pang as Flying Blade
In January 2013, it was reported that a sequel to the movie would begin shooting in May, with Harvey Weinstein producing. Fight choreography would be by Yuen Woo Ping, The script by John Fusco would be based on the fifth and final book of the Crane-Iron Series, Iron Knight, Silver Vase. On March 18, 2013, actor Donnie Yen confirmed rumors that he had been offered a role in the new film. Around the same time, there were also conflicting reports on whether Michelle Yeoh had been asked to reprise her role of Yu Shu Lien.
On May 16, 2013, it was officially announced that the sequel had been given the green light. Initially titled Iron Knight, Silver Vase (the same title as its source material), the film was now re-titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – The Green Legend. Donnie Yen was confirmed to star as Silent Wolf while Michelle Yeoh was confirmed to be reprising her role as Yu Shu Lien.
On August 20, 2013, it was reported that Ziyi Zhang was in talks to reprise her role as Jen Yu, but Zhangs agent Ji Lingling told the media that that was not true and stated, "Zhang would reprise her role only if the director was Ang Lee".
On June 10, 2014, it was announced that Nicholas Tse was offered the role of "Iron Knight" (the son of Jen Yu and Lo), while Xia Zitong was confirmed to star as "Silver Vase". On June 16, 2014, it was announced that the film would co-produced by Pegasus Media, China Film Group Corporation, and The Weinstein Company, with a release date in 2016. On July 30, 2014, actor Harry Shum, Jr. was cast in the role of Tie-Fang.
While it was initially announced that production on the film would begin in June 2014 with location shooting in New Zealand and China, shooting was later bumped to August 2014. In September 2014, Variety reported that principal photography was underway in New Zealand.
On September 29, 2014, it was announced that Netflix and The Weinstein Companys Harvey Weinstein had made a deal to release the feature film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend on Netflix. The sequel would be released simultaneously on Netflix and in selected IMAX theatres on August 28, 2015. The day after Netflixs announcement, American cinema chain Regal Entertainment Group announced that they would not show the film in their theaters. Regals Russ Nunley declined to be part of "an experiment where you can see the same product on screens varying from three stories tall to 3 inches wide on a smart phone", as opposed to a regular theater experience. The same day, AMC, Carmike Cinemas, Cinemark Theatres, and Cineworld also announced they would not show the film. IMAXs CEO Richard Gelfond argued on the rejection by some chains, saying, "This is a test, and I cant tell you for sure that its going to work, but I can tell you for sure that attempting to innovate is a good idea because as technology changes, viewers change, and we have to figure out what does or doesnt work". on July 7, 2015, the film was removed from the August 28, 2015 slot and was pushed back to a fourth-quarter day and date release.
Weinstein Books have announced that a film tie-in novel has been written by Justin Hill.