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Donnie Yen To Star In Sleeping Dogs Film

One of the world’s biggest martial art’s movie stars is set to breath new life into the film adaptation of the Square Enix game.

United Front Games the developers behind the critically acclaimed Sleeping Dogs sadly closed down recently in the middle of development of Smash + Grab. However their legacy is set to live on thanks to the recent announcement that a film adaptation of Sleeping Dogs is happening with none other than one of the biggest names in martial arts movies, Donnie Yen. Yen is one of the biggest martial artists in films with his huge successes such as IP Man. The adaptation is headed by Fast and Furious producer Neal Moritz, who is also is also set to produce the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Sleeping Dogs was a massive critical hit but was considered a commercial failure by Square Enix despite selling millions of copies across several platforms. Fans of the open world crime action game set in Hong Kong have demanded a sequel ever since but the closure of United Front Games put that hope to rest even though Square Enix still retains the rights to the IP.

The game’s story followed Wei Shen, a former San Francisco police officer transferred to the Hong Kong Police force who is then given an undercover assignment to infiltrate and bring down a big Triad organisation. The story received high praised and the main characters were voiced by the talents of Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine 2013) and recent Oscar winner Emma Stone (La La Land 2016).

Game to Film adaptations have never gone down well and often struggle to find both success and production value. Even the recent high budget World of Warcraft film was received with mixed reviews. However, with a big star like Donnie Yen on board and the produced of Fast and Furious, it’s easy to speculate that the Sleeping Dogs adaptation could be a huge hit given the setting and story of the game itself.

It’s unclear at this point if the film with be a straight adaption of the game with the same story and characters or if it will be an interpretation of the IP. Needless to say, Sleeping Dogs is the first game to film adaptation that could really be a huge critical success.

Sleeping Dogs is gathering an impressive cast, do you think it can break the mold of game to film adaptation tragedy? Let us know in the comments below or talk to us on FacebookTwitter, or on our forums!

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  • Loved Sleeping Dogs & love Donnie Yen, so I am pretty pumped but not not expecting anything brilliant. I get it, it is hard for movies to live up to their source material when the source material (games or books) has hours upon hours of content that needs to be distilled into 2 hours. I try not to expect to much for that reason. I will be happy if it honors the source material and is entertaining.