Out of Berlin this week comes word that Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will executive produce Hong Kong director Andrew Lau's next effort called Revenge of the Green Dragons. This pairing is significant in that Scorsese directed the English-language remake of Lau's Asian crime thriller hit Infernal Affairs and ended up winning his first (and only) Oscar for the hit film under its new title, The Departed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Revenge" is the story of two immigrant Chinese siblings and their involvement within the New York-based Green Dragons gang and how that affects their relationship. Based on a Michael Di Jiacomo script inspired by a New Yorker article that took a look at the Chinese-American underworld, the production is scheduled to start in April.
Having directed films in Hong Kong for nearly thirty years, Lau had his biggest success with the "Infernal Affairs Trilogy" in 2002 and 2003, which he followed with a few lower profile movies before directing the Asian hit Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, starring Donnie Yen. Revenge of the Green Dragons will only be Lau's second attempt at making a Hollywood film following the 2008 Richard Gere straight-to-video release The Flock.