'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Sequel: The Weinstein Company Planning Follow-Up Film, Minus Ang Lee

01/25/2013 08:55 am ET

"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," one of the most influential imports of the last 13 years, will get a sequel. According to Deadline.com, The Weinstein Company will produce a second "Crouching Tiger" film starting in May.

Director Ang Lee, who earned a Best Director nomination for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," will not be involved in the sequel. The original film, which grossed $213 million worldwide, starred Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoah and Zhang Ziyi.

That TWC and Harvey Weinstein would want to revisit past successes should come as no surprise. Back in 2010, The Los Angeles Times reported that Weinstein and his former home, Miramax, had come to an agreement that allowed for sequels of films like "Shakespeare in Love," "Bad Santa" and "Rounders."

"Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the guys who wrote it, have been talking about a sequel, potentially," "Rounders" star Matt Damon told HuffPost Entertainment last year. "Because it's really interesting what's happened in the poker world since then. The world poker tour on The Travel Channel showing people's whole cards, suddenly poker took off. And Chris Moneymaker won, so, suddenly, there was the poker boom. Then there was the whole internet bubble and then it turned out to be a Ponzi scheme. All that sh-t is really kind of cool. So, where that character would be 15 years later is interesting. So, we've talked about it. And I know John Dahl, the director, would want to do it. And Edward [Norton] would want to do it."

For more on the "Crouching Tiger" sequel, including what source material it will be based on, head over to Deadline.com.

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