John Woo Directing a Romeo and Juliet War Epic Next?
Wait a minute, we haven't even see Red Cliff yet! Chinese director John Woo has left Hollywood and moved back to Beijing, but that isn't stopping him from making more big budget films. He finished his two part war epic Red Cliff, which hasn't even been seen in America yet, and is already talking about what's next. Woo spoke with Empire and revealed his early plans for another Chinese-language war epic that will actually be more of a romance. "It's like a Romeo and Juliet love story," Woo said, "a love story, but with war scenes." And as for his other project called 1949, "I had to pass," due to rights issues, he says.
There's not much more known about this project, besides that it will be set 2000 years ago and will be as epic as Red Cliff, which was one of the biggest Chinese productions to date. I've started to realize, while reflecting on Woo's work, that it may be that I'm just not fond of his Hollywood films, and that's why I've come to dislike him. I have a feeling Red Cliff will be great and for some reason I'm looking forward to this next one, even though I've previously said I really hate Woo. Luckily for now, he'll stay out of Hollywood. "I will make more Chinese movies, but if I get a better script (from Hollywood) I will do it again."