Will "Crouching Tiger" Become a Stage Spectacle?

News   Will "Crouching Tiger" Become a Stage Spectacle? Producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein hope to create a stage version of the martial arts movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and snagged rights to the books that inspired the film, according to Variety.

In addition to their stage plans, the brothers hope to turn the five-book series into four new movies as well. The trade paper reported three prequels and a sequel is the plan.

Chinese author Wang Du Lu's "Crane -Iron Pentalogy" has "Tiger" as book No. 4.

Harvey Weinstein told Variety the project would be a "combination spectacle and musical with a cohesive (storyline)," with the flavor of Cirque du Soleil — with an emphasis on martial arts.

The Weinsteins would seek out "Crouching Tiger" director Ang Lee for the films, all to be in the Chinese language.

"Crouching Tiger" (2000), replete with gravity-defying martial arts, was one of the most successful foreign-language films of all time. Harvey Weinstein said, "Theatre audiences should have high expectations for the spectacle that this extraordinary material can bring to the stage, and I think this is an opportunity to create something revolutionary."

According to Variety, "Crouching Tiger" grossed $128 million domestically in 2001.

The Weinsteins' theatre producing credits include The Producers, The Color Purple, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

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