John Woo, the director of Face/Off and Broken Arrow, said recently that he will start shooting a new film for the Disney studio at the end of the year, Shanghai TV weekly reports.
Woo says the title of the film is drafted as Watershed, not finally decided yet. It will be produced by Disney.
The story is centered on Chinese workers life in the United States in early 1900s. These laborers devoted a lot to the railroad construction in US in the early times. Woo says it will be a film that realizes his long cherished dream of shooting a story on that. "The spirit and the vigor the group of Chinese laborers have a so meaningful to US history and so moving," Woo says.
Yun Fat Chow, the hero of the Oscar winning film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon will star in the film. The Chinese kungfu actor had cooperated with John Woo 10 year's ago in Hong Kong. Their joining-hand proved one success after another at that time in Hong Kong and the mainland. Among the most famous films were Yingxiong Bense and Zongheng Sihai, both kungfu films.
The dream could also be Chow's, Woo said. He explained that years ago, when the two Chinese guys started to risk their fortune and fate in the Hollywood, they had once talked about their future plans. Both said that they wanted to shoot a film about Chinese laborer's lives in U.S. most.
Nicolas Cage will be the co-star.
(eastday.com July 09, 2002)