SLEEPING DOGS: Donnie Yen Addresses on the Long Delayed Video Game Adaptation

By: John M Jerva

There’s no question Donnie Yen is one of the biggest stars in action and in the last few years, he’s finally brought his level of success overseas in the west. Yen is seeing success once again with the release of Raging Fire snd even though this particular film is from Asia, it’s transcending over here as well.

Yen has been hard at work promoting the movie and has been chatting with a majority of the big sites over here and the latest comes from Collider. The most interesting aspect of this interview however is that Yen addresses the long in development video game adaptation Sleeping Dogs which sounds fantastic but unfortunately has been shelved for certain reasons.

In the interview, Yen talks about the current state of the project and that it’s still on the table…for now.

“I’m still hopeful. I mean, every day they tell me it’s going to happen. I’m co-producing and collaborating with [producers] Neil Moritz and Toby [Ascher], with their company, and currently talking with a couple of big platforms. And they tell me every single day it’s going to happen, so we’ll see. Like I said, I believe in destiny. So, if it’s going to happen, hopefully, it will happen the first half of next year,” Yen said on his interview at Collider.

Based on the popular video game, Yen is set to star as Wei Shen who is an undercover cop tasked with bringing down a powerful Triad gang in Hong Kong. The full synopsis courtesy of IMDb reads:

Sleeping Dogs is set in a contemporary Hong Kong, which is split into four districts named after regions of the city. The game reveals the story of Wei Shen , a former San Francisco police officer who was transferred to the Hong Kong Police Force and assigned the task to infiltrate and destroy a Triad organization known as the Sun On Yee .The main storyline features two sub-plots: Shen’s balance between completing his police mission whilst committing crimes to prove himself to the Triads, and missions assigned by a Triad lieutenant, including assassination of Triad members loyal to other lieutenants. Shen’s mission is coordinated by Police Superintendent Thomas Pendrew , and progress made by Shen is reported to his handler, Raymond Mak. Shen infiltrates the Sun On Yee via his childhood friend Jackie Ma , a low-level Triad member; and his loyalty is tested by the Triad boss “Red Pole” Winston Chu . Other characters in the game include the head of the Sun On Yee, David Wai-Lin “Uncle” Po , Shen’s love interest Amanda Cartwright , Winston’s right-hand man, Conroy Wu , singer Vivienne Lu , and Shen’s girlfriend Not Ping .

The film is penned by Jacob Oliver Krarup based on the bestselling video game of the same name. The film has been in development for years now so hopefully with Yen’s video, more news will begin to pour in soon. Expect Yen’s trademark action and martial arts expertise to be on full display here and he has never looked better.

Hopefully, the powers that be make it happen as you can never have enough Donnie Yen so keep it locked and loaded right here for more to come!

Check out the full interview with Donnie from Collider below!

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