Sleeping Dogs looks to be moving ahead with its film adaptation, which was announced back in 2017 but has not started production yet. The film, based on the 2012 game by United Front Games and Square Enix London Studios, might begin shooting soon.
The movie, which we’ve heard little about since 2018, will star Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Wei Shen, the game’s protagonist. Yen has posted an update to his Weibo account, which was picked up on by Niko Partners senior analyst Daniel Ahmad on Twitter. In it, he teases that he is working on a new movie, and he uses the hashtag “#sleepingdog”.
Unless this is, by some huge coincidence, a relevant term to another movie he’s attached to, he’s likely referring to this video game adaptation.
Donnie Yen posted to his Weibo (it’s like Chinese twitter) that he is “Excited to start his next challenge” and is preparing for a new movie.
Sleeping Dogs is tagged which indicates that filming for the video game adaptation will start soon. pic.twitter.com/9CBjOn4aNC
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) July 5, 2020
The Sleeping Dogs franchise never really took off, despite the first game being well-received. A spin-off, Triad Wars, was cancelled during its beta, and United Front Games shut down in 2016. The game received a re-release on PS4 and Xbox One, but never got a sequel.
The movie could still be a while away, with no director, or cast aside from Donnie Yen, announced yet.
While many films have delayed production or release due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s at least one more major video game adaptation due in cinemas in 2020, with Paul WS Anderson’s Monster Hunter due September 3.