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“Hard-Boiled 2: Boil Harder”?

hardboiledAccording to the Hollywood Reporter, John Woo has signed on with Lion Rock Entertainment to develop a sequel to the classic 1992 Hong Kong action thriller, “Hard Boiled”.  Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio will be penning the screenplay and considering these are American screenwriters, chances are that this film will be marketed toward an American audience.  While there is no official confirmation on whether Chow Yun Fat will reprise his role as Inspector  “Tequila” Yuen, it would be a complete surprise if he didn’t.  This would be an awesome career move and a worthy comeback to the R-rated action genre for Mr. Fat after his controversial role as the Fu Manchu pirate, Captain Sao Feng, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, as well as his upcoming role as Master Roshi in the Dragonball Z adaptation.  How ’bout that poster on the right?  Talk about a kickass version of The Pacifier 🙂  Let’s go save more babies, Mr. Fat!

A video game sequel titled “Stranglehold” had been released on the Playstation 3 back in 2007, although it is unknown whether the new film will be a direct adaptation of it or will build off of its storyline.  The game includes a high-definition version of “Hard-Boiled”, while strangely, this version of the film has not had a separate release.

Since its 1992 release, “Hard-Boiled” has garnered a cult following and has been regarded by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest, most influential action films of all time.  Empire Magazine has said that it was “more exciting than a dozen Die Hard’s” and has ranked Inspector Tequila as #33 on greatest movie characters of all time.  “Hard-Boiled” has also been noted to include one of the best action sequences ever filmed, lasting 2 minutes and 42 seconds in a burning hospital.  Check this out…

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