Acclaimed director Peter Chan will be directing a re-telling of Chang Cheh's classic, One-Armed Swordsman, but he will not be allowed to use the same title as he was not able to acquire the rights to the original.
The rights to the original movie was acquired by Celestial Pictures and the company had an agreement with Peter's long-time partner, Teddy Chan. Due to a fall-out earlier, Peter will be flying solo and has decided to do a re-telling of One-Armed Swordsman.
Having last worked with Takeshi Kaneishiro on The Warlords, Peter was very impressed by the actor and thought Takeshi was a perfect fit for the role of a constable in the movie. He even called Takeshi personally to offer the role, to which the star accepted readily.
Takeshi revealed that he took on the role not just because he was interested in the character, but also at the idea that he would get to trade blows with famed martial arts star, Donnie Yen.
For the movie, Donnie stars opposite Takeshi as an abominable murderer, who eventually was guided onto the right path by Takeshi's character. This is a major breakthrough for Donnie, since so far he has only been seen in heroic roles.Donnie will also double as the action director for the movie, set to commence production in August.