Donnie Yen Hints that Sleeping Dogs Movie Starts Filming Soon

'Ip Man' Star in Lead role

Sleeping Dogs movie has been quietly in the works for a few years now, and Ip Man star Donnie Yen has hinted that it's finally going to start filming in the near future.

"Donnie Yen posted to his Weibo (it's like Chinese [Twitter]) that he is 'Excited to start his next challenge' and is preparing for a new movie," stated Niko Partners Senior Analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter. "[Sleeping Dogs] is tagged which indicates that filming for the video game adaptation will start soon."

 
 

If you've somehow missed out on this game, Sleeping Dogs is an open-world game in the style of stuff like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row. Players take on the role of Wei Shen, an undercover cop who is trying to take down a group of highly dangerous gangsters in Hong Kong. While there are a fair amount of guns in the game, a big focus is beating down your enemies with your martial arts skills.

Considering the martial arts theme, it should come as no surprise that Donnie Yen is taking on the lead role. Western fans may be most familiar with his recent roles as the blind master Chirrut Imwe in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Xiang in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, but martial arts fans will recognize him for his work in the Ip Man franchise. This dramatized series of films chronicles an embellished version of the life of the titular Ip Man, a martial arts master who is famed as being the man who taught kung fu to Bruce Lee.

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When is the Sleeping Dogs Movie Coming Out?

Although Sleeping Dogs never got a sequel, the story will live on in the silver screen when the Sleeping Dogs movie hits theaters. When will we be able to watch it?

The movie hasn't even started filming yet, so it's difficult to say when it will actually launch. A lot of factors come into play here including shooting locations, post-production challenges, and any issues that may arise during the course of the movie's production.

That said, it will probably be at least a year before we can watch the Sleeping Dogs movie. In the meantime, you can experience the game that inspired this film by buying Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on Steam for the fantastically good price of $2.99, an 85% discount as part of the Steam Summer Sale 2020.

Do you think the Sleeping Dogs movie might lead to the development of a sequel game? Will this be one of the better video game adaptations in recent years? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!