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Woo’s Hard Boiled gets sequel

ChowYun-Fat.jpgIs it any surprise really that John Woo’s classic film Hard Boiled is going to get a sequel? Not really in the current climate of Hollywood, although there should be some surprise that it’s a sequel and not a remake. Apparently the Stranglehold video game, which is the official sequel to the story from Hard Boiled, is being adapted for Hollywood.

Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio are the scriptwriters attached to do the job and have the difficult task of, not just of adapting a strong videogame, but also giving a sequel to a John Woo film which has gained a strong cult status.

In the Stranglehold video game, Chow Yun-Fat returned as Tequila, the Police Inspector whose methods were anything but orthodox and resulted in some spectacular gun play sequences choreographed and filmed with the excellent eye of John Woo. However the game didn’t hold up as well as the film, obviously, and the game play had some issues itself. Perhaps the film version can fair better?

I actually have no doubt that the film version of Stranglehold could do much better than the video game, but as a sequel to Hard Boiled I’m not so sure. What the scriptwriters have to remember is to not just adapt the video game but to go back to that Woo classic and see where the origins of the character come from and the style and story of the first film.

Of course the problem with this is that it will be Hollywood filmed and without John Woo, I assume, so that means fight scenes with close cropped shots, fast multiple edits, and zoomed right into the action so you don’t know what’s going on. Say goodbye to any resemblance of the original film.

Here’s a reminder of the Stranglehold game blurb:

“Tequila’s loyalties to the force are tested when his ex-wife is kidnapped by the Russian mob in Chicago. Tequila struggles to balance his duty to uphold the law with doing what it takes to save his family. Carve a unique path of massive destruction and use the environment as a weapon against your enemies. The highly modified Unreal 3.0 engine breathes new life into game environments and characters with stunning graphics & an ever-changing battleground.”

It’s an exciting game but it really does feel like Max Payne, only lighter and with more bad guys coming at you from every angle. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter through /Film who also discover that the Ultimate Edition of Stranglehold for the PlayStation 3 has two discs, one of which contains the high definition version of Hard Boiled as a bonus extra (Amazon.com) – I’m in there.



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