Sleeping Dogs Movie is Coming, and Donnie Yen is Headlining

While we may not be getting a proper Sleeping Dogs sequel, a movie based on the game is actually happening, and it’s starring none other than legendary martial artist and international actor Donnie Yen.

In a report via Deadline, Mr. Yen was confirmed to headline the new movie, which is happening by Neal Moritz (Fast and Furious). The movie has Yen starring as an undercover cop set on a mission to take down the infamous Triads.

As the movie is directly based on the video game by Square Enix, you can expect it to take place in Hong Kong (and other areas), and it will include lots of fight scenes, boat chasing, racing, shooting, and maybe everything combined at one point.

Moritz’s studio, Original Film, is producing the movie alongside DJ2 Entertainment. Producers include Moritz, Dmitri Johnson and Dan Jevons, with Toby Ascher and Stephan Bugaj executive producing.

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  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Oh neat. Are they gonna have 5 different girls show up throughout the movie and then random disappear? If they do give him a love interest, I liked the rich girl. She had the most personality of all of them.

  • Twiton

    YES
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  • Heresy Hammer

    I though this said watch dogs and was like “oh god no” I’m so glad I misread the title.

    Your a habitual flirt and pork buns instensifies.

  • Bitterbear

    Well, if they ever do one of those, I hope Amy Schumer or Lena Dunham will play as this character:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5932ffd76231ba2adce38554200a8e563749ea9faceaca0594a871bed427f67d.jpg

  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    I’m gonna get upset if my boy Jackie Ma isn’t given due respect.

  • Mr0303

    Haven’t played the game (it’s in my IGC backlog), but anything with Donnie Yen is a must watch for me.

  • porkbun

    Fucking Square Enix cancelled this series and Deus Ex.

  • Madbrainbox

    I agree but I would’ve loved to see the hacker girl more developed.

  • Madbrainbox

    It’s a great game.The story is a little rushed and it has other problems but overall it’s a fun experience.

  • Madbrainbox

    They closed the studio.That’s shitty of them.

  • Pillbugable

    There’s an error here. This article says that Neal Moritz is directing this film, but the Deadline article doesn’t give a director, and Neal Moritz has never directed anything in his life.

  • Xelioncito

    While the game was good, that’s one of the things I hated. It made no sense, a couple of sidequests with some girls and then they disappear from existence. Wtf.

  • Mr0303

    I’ve heard great things about it. I’ll eventually get to it.

  • HM. The source does say: “Martial artist Donnie Yen is set to star in a new feature from Moritz”

    I’ll clarify and remove that

  • Pillbugable

    I’m guessing it’s referring to it being his studio with him probably producing it.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Well like Emma Stone (first girl), you can find out later on due to surveillance that she was seen with multiple men and was apparently a gigantic whore.

    The thing is these few missions felt too detailed for them to be as dropped as they were. I feel as though the romance system in that game was going to be a lot bigger than it actually was.

  • Fear Me I Am Free

    Yeah, the reason I say the rich girl (aside from me personally liking her) is that unlike a lot of these girls, she actually fit into the story quite well and seemed to play a bigger role compared to the others.

  • Kelborne
  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    I hope this shit proves to be decent, because the game was super awesome.

  • Miguel Angel Opazo Arancibia

    Buy the GOTY edition, even the dlc chapters are great.
    It’s a better GTA than most. A brawler with a entertaining story, great action and gameplay and it’s still beautiful after all this years.

  • 2501

    I would really prefer a Sleeping Dogs 2 game but… :'(

  • malbhet

    I’m super [email protected]#$%^ hyped for this movie now! Flash Point and Kill Zone are two of my favorite movies he made, if you haven’t seen those two movies I seriously suggest watching these two movies to get a very good idea on what we can expect from this Sleeping Dogs movie. Sleeping Dogs may actually break the curse of bad video game to movies streak:D

  • goodbyejojo

    donnie yen actually did start in a similar movie called special id(2013), which was a bootleg copy of sleeping dogs

  • I want a sequel not a damn movie. Sleeping Dogs was good as fuck. An actual non bloated open world game with a good story.

  • ProxyDoug

    What the fuck is that?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Can we not even get a sequel out of this inevitable shitshow of a movie?

  • Uncle Ocelot

    A Watch Dogs movie was actually announced around the same time the first game came out.

  • Bitterbear

    It’s a Watch Dogs 2 female hacker NPC.

  • Madbrainbox

    Obligatory Lorax reference:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAvaIRt6kuk

  • Fenrir007

    Did you just assume xir gender???

  • Fenrir007

    I’m not particularly thrilled, but I guess I will watch it eventually. I’d rather have a new game, though. Really liked Narcoleptic Hamsters. Too bad it will never happen…

  • mega jew

    It’s a real woman, you shitlord.

  • Zufield

    Not just that, but she specifically suffered from a virulent strain of yellow fever.

  • Zufield

    United Front Games wasn’t a Squenix studio; Sleeping Dogs and the ill-fated Triad Wars were just published by Squenix.

  • 2501

    Still a better soundtrack than GTAV

    WARP radio 4 life!

  • AuraMaster DX (austin9568)
  • Phasmatis75

    Don’t care about Deus Ex, that last virtue signally venture sold so poorly they shelved the brand and I laughed the entire way. Sad what they did to the devs of Sleeping Dogs. They just wanted to make a sequel. Instead they were forced to make a crappy online game that didn’t perform and were shuttered because of that.

  • Phasmatis75

    Did you just assume their existence preference?

  • Phasmatis75

    The sequel sold 80 to 60 percent worse than the original. It’s dead.

  • Phasmatis75

    I forget which, but a couple called and bitched at you for being a cheating bastard.

  • Meittimies

    I wish Donnie Yen would start using his trademark “wet towel” weapon again in movies:

    https://youtu.be/H-yjEGet_DY