John Woo Makes a "Stranglehold" On Video Game Property

The Hollywood Reporter brings news of an upcoming non-movie project for acclaimed director John Woo ("The Killer," "Face/Off"). It was announced at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo that Mr. Woo will be developing a next-generation platform game entitled "Stranglehold." The game will be "a third-person, action-adventure game set in Hong Kong and Chicago that stars international action film star Chow Yun-Fat ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") in his video game debut.

Yun-Fat is reprising his role of Inspector "Tequila" Yuen from Woo's 1992 feature "Hard-Boiled" in virtual form." But why the leap from silver screen mayhem to video game violence? Woo explains it succinctly: ""I went to E3 several years ago and saw my action style imitated in a lot of other games, and they were not even well done ... I thought I should protect my trademark and produce my own video games."

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The Senhman

Senh Duong

Hehe...that's a funny quote. Some critics think watching John Woo's action scenes is like playing video games. I think it's a good match.

May 18 - 01:28 PM

Scott Weinberg

Scott Weinberg

Given his talent for staging action sequences, I suspect Mr. Woo would make a pretty damn solid video game designer.

May 18 - 06:18 PM

stretchstrong

Trevor Armstrong

If you haven't seen the game footage you need to run over to ign.com and check it out. Looks amazing.

May 20 - 11:02 AM

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