John Woo Directing a Romeo and Juliet War Epic Next?

April 17, 2009
Source: Empire

John Woo

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."

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How insane is THAT going to be?!

Nick Sears on Apr 17, 2009


How insane is THAT going to be?! I just hope there are slow mo flying doves

Nick Sears on Apr 17, 2009


Red Cliff is a fantastic film. Looks beautiful on blu-ray. Haven't seen the second part yet, but I'll be purchasing it next week. This new film sounds fantastic. Too bad Hollywood let him down.

Mike G. on Apr 17, 2009


I saw Part 1 of Red Cliff, it was better than I expected. Very grand and sweeping. Character driven too. As for John Woo, this may be a weird reference, but he could be like the Asian version of Michael Bay [explosions, actions, big set pieces] where he's had some ups and downs. Every filmmaker has gone through some period of making some bad movies or choices. That's how they develop and get better. It's the filmmaking process. Everybody is entitled to their opinion and criticism, but if all you do is doubt a filmmaker's ability to make a comeback, then you don't know Jack about the movie biz and you really don't love movies. I'm sick of critics thinkin they're all high and mighty with their website. Go make a feature length film yourself. My point is, every filmmaker deserves a 2nd chance at redemption [i.e Michael Bay - cause for awhile, lots of ppl said he sucked, now...not so much - Transformers] Stop hatin on Woo. I dont work for him, I just respect the process and what he sets out to do. Except for Uwe Boll, that guy really hasnt learned and DOES SUCK. 🙂

1st Showing Reader on Apr 17, 2009


Although I hated reading the stage play in school this sounds ok.

d1rEct on Apr 17, 2009



werdnafaz on Apr 19, 2009


Woo is a good director,i want to watch Red Cliff.

Fisherr on Apr 19, 2009


I ordered both parts of Red Cliff out of Hong Kong. So far I've only had the time to watch the first one, but I rather enjoyed it.

DS on Apr 20, 2009



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