Donnie Yen confirmed on Instagram yesterday that he will be playing the lead roll in the Live action remake of Sleeping Dogs. The movie which was announced last year had been unconfirmed for quite some time. Many thought that the movie may have either been delayed or canceled entirely.
It's good to hear that the movie is still on and that Donnie Yen will be playing Wei Shen. Though there still hasn't been a director announced for the move adaptation. For those that have never played Sleeping Dogs, and are interested in the movie here is a short synopsis from IMDB about the movie:
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
Will this movie fall into the tomb of terrible video game to movie adaptations? Or will it stand out and become one of the very few that show off the incredible stories that video games have to offer? Only time will tell at this point.