Chow Yun Fat Bails on John Woo's $80m Epic

Just a few weeks after Tony Leung left John Woo's "Red Cliff" mega-movie, co-star Chow Yun Fat has done the same thing ... and the production was already three days into shooting!

The priciest film production in China's history is losing its actors left and right! Specifics weren't doled out, but it seems that contractual roadblocks required Chow Yun Fat to quit Lee's "Red Cliff" -- and it sure doesn't sound like he's coming back. Filmmakers are already rearranging the production schedule while they scramble to find a replacement. "Unreasonable demands" are allegedly what Chow was doling out.

Woo's first Chinese film in quite a while, "Red Cliff" is budgeted at about $70 million (U.S. dollars) and looks to clock in at well over three hours. (In some countries it's going to be released as two films.) Good luck to John Woo on the rest of this production; sounds like things are starting out pretty rough.

Source: Variety

Comments

Vicens17

Pas the point Vicens

ouch.

Apr 17 - 03:41 AM

saiga6360

Hunter Rose

Bring in some younger guys to do 3 Kingdoms

Apr 17 - 04:51 AM

ChinaRises

Mikael Carson

I've never been a John Woo fan. I know he pioneered much of the choreographed shoot-out scenes that Hong-Kong is known for today, but his films always felt to fake and staged. Other than "Bullet in the Head", his Asian releases were mostly only fair, and other than "Face/Off", his American films all sucked.

I don't know why he should get this kind of budget when directors like Johnny To do these type of action films so much better. I guess its all about name value--not quality.

Apr 17 - 05:37 AM

stevegilpin

Steven Gilpin

[b]John Woo = hack[/b]
I agree. I liked Bullet in the Head, as well as The Killer and Hard Boiled. That was my introduction to Chow-Yun Fat, who now seems to be more talented than the likes of John Woo. I agree that basically all of John Woo's American films have sucked. I feel bad for the guy, but he needs to learn a lesson, maybe?

Apr 17 - 08:53 AM

okuonuora

Bruce Leroy

What lesson? That he shouldn't use big actors who might have contractual obligations elsewhere? John Woo was groundbreaking and helped create a style of filmmaking that has been copied the world over...not exactly a "hack". And ChinaRises, you have made clear your love for prissy art movies, so your opinion is pretty much meaningless here.

Apr 17 - 01:08 PM

ChinaRises

Mikael Carson

Johnny To is the director of prissy art movies??--guess you never saw Fulltime Killer, Election 2 or Throwdown.

A movie is either good, bad, or in between in my opinion, regardless of what genre it falls in. Are you the type of movie fan who only likes dumb, cliched action to entertain you for a couple of hours or something? Is this how you view your own life, as thoughtless?? If you are, than YOUR opinion is pretty much meaningless on a site devoted to those who love film

Apr 17 - 02:14 PM

Assassin

Assassin Assassin

[b]We got a smart one here[/b]
So movies are either good, bad or in between???

HAHAHAHH!!

Captain obvious for the win. Thats about as dumb as saying a any number on a scale of 1-10 is either 1,10 or somethign in between.

YOU THINK?!?!?!?!

Apr 17 - 09:53 PM

blank blank

bob jones

(flock of white doves scatter in slow mo)

Apr 17 - 07:17 AM

stevegilpin

Steven Gilpin

[b]John Woo = hack[/b]
I agree. I liked Bullet in the Head, as well as The Killer and Hard Boiled. That was my introduction to Chow-Yun Fat, who now seems to be more talented than the likes of John Woo. I agree that basically all of John Woo's American films have sucked. I feel bad for the guy, but he needs to learn a lesson, maybe?

Apr 17 - 08:53 AM

okuonuora

Bruce Leroy

What lesson? That he shouldn't use big actors who might have contractual obligations elsewhere? John Woo was groundbreaking and helped create a style of filmmaking that has been copied the world over...not exactly a "hack". And ChinaRises, you have made clear your love for prissy art movies, so your opinion is pretty much meaningless here.

Apr 17 - 01:08 PM

ChinaRises

Mikael Carson

Johnny To is the director of prissy art movies??--guess you never saw Fulltime Killer, Election 2 or Throwdown.

A movie is either good, bad, or in between in my opinion, regardless of what genre it falls in. Are you the type of movie fan who only likes dumb, cliched action to entertain you for a couple of hours or something? Is this how you view your own life, as thoughtless?? If you are, than YOUR opinion is pretty much meaningless on a site devoted to those who love film

Apr 17 - 02:14 PM

Assassin

Assassin Assassin

[b]We got a smart one here[/b]
So movies are either good, bad or in between???

HAHAHAHH!!

Captain obvious for the win. Thats about as dumb as saying a any number on a scale of 1-10 is either 1,10 or somethign in between.

YOU THINK?!?!?!?!

Apr 17 - 09:53 PM

Vitamin M

Matthew Haynes

He should have just done He-Man....no really!

Apr 17 - 10:14 AM

Unbreakable Samurai

Unbreakable Samurai

I think John Woo's great, I love most of his films. And I'm really looking foreward to this one. That's shit that his actors keep bailing on him. They should bring in Donnie Yen for a role.

Apr 17 - 10:41 AM

okuonuora

Bruce Leroy

What lesson? That he shouldn't use big actors who might have contractual obligations elsewhere? John Woo was groundbreaking and helped create a style of filmmaking that has been copied the world over...not exactly a "hack". And ChinaRises, you have made clear your love for prissy art movies, so your opinion is pretty much meaningless here.

Apr 17 - 01:08 PM

ChinaRises

Mikael Carson

Johnny To is the director of prissy art movies??--guess you never saw Fulltime Killer, Election 2 or Throwdown.

A movie is either good, bad, or in between in my opinion, regardless of what genre it falls in. Are you the type of movie fan who only likes dumb, cliched action to entertain you for a couple of hours or something? Is this how you view your own life, as thoughtless?? If you are, than YOUR opinion is pretty much meaningless on a site devoted to those who love film

Apr 17 - 02:14 PM

Assassin

Assassin Assassin

[b]We got a smart one here[/b]
So movies are either good, bad or in between???

HAHAHAHH!!

Captain obvious for the win. Thats about as dumb as saying a any number on a scale of 1-10 is either 1,10 or somethign in between.

YOU THINK?!?!?!?!

Apr 17 - 09:53 PM

ChinaRises

Mikael Carson

Johnny To is the director of prissy art movies??--guess you never saw Fulltime Killer, Election 2 or Throwdown.

A movie is either good, bad, or in between in my opinion, regardless of what genre it falls in. Are you the type of movie fan who only likes dumb, cliched action to entertain you for a couple of hours or something? Is this how you view your own life, as thoughtless?? If you are, than YOUR opinion is pretty much meaningless on a site devoted to those who love film

Apr 17 - 02:14 PM

Assassin

Assassin Assassin

[b]We got a smart one here[/b]
So movies are either good, bad or in between???

HAHAHAHH!!

Captain obvious for the win. Thats about as dumb as saying a any number on a scale of 1-10 is either 1,10 or somethign in between.

YOU THINK?!?!?!?!

Apr 17 - 09:53 PM

Dread

Gray Thomas

Dammit. I knew Chow & Woo together again was too good to be true.

Apr 17 - 02:41 PM

Kid_Ikarus

Josh Thornton

Funny how overused the term "hack" is everytime someone dislikes a directors stlye.

Apr 17 - 02:53 PM

eastern2western

peter liu

Personally, I am glad chow is gone because the guy's mandarin is beyond bad and he is not a very good actor

Apr 17 - 06:43 PM

Assassin

Assassin Assassin

[b]We got a smart one here[/b]
So movies are either good, bad or in between???

HAHAHAHH!!

Captain obvious for the win. Thats about as dumb as saying a any number on a scale of 1-10 is either 1,10 or somethign in between.

YOU THINK?!?!?!?!

Apr 17 - 09:53 PM

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