Sleeping Dogs: Donnie Yen to star in videogame adaptation


The chances of getting a sequel to the 2012 cult classic open-world crime videogame Sleeping Dogs just get slimmer with each passing year. But for fans of the game, there’s something of an olive branch, as we get word that Donnie Yen is going to be starring in a film adaptation of Sleeping Dogs.

This report comes to us courtesy of Deadline, who states that producer Neal Moritz (of the Fast & Furious franchise and 21 Jump Street fame) is putting together a film adaptation of Square Enix’s game. Donnie Yen, of course, is the movie martial arts master who needs no introduction.

Yen’s cinematic martial arts skills are sure to come into play at some point in the Sleeping Dogs film. While there are no concrete details concerning the movie’s plot, including whether or not it will be a strict adaptation or a spiritual follow-up, you can rest assured that the game will borrow certain elements from the games. That means plenty of car chases, a few gunfights, and some martial arts sequences that will see some fruit stands get demolished.

Original Film will be handling the distribution of Sleeping Dogs alongside DJ2 Entertainment. Joining Moritz on the production side of things is Dmitri Johnson, and Dan Jevons, while Toby Ascher and Stephan Bugaj will be handling executive production duties.

Unfortunately, Sleeping Dogs‘ developer, United Front Games, shut down late last year, so it’s not likely they’ll have much creative input in the process. As to whether or not this adaptation will spur Square Enix to publish another Sleeping Dogs title, we can only hope that it will while we also hold on to some hope this movie does justice to the incredible game that inspired it. 

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