Donnie Yen and Wilson Yip Withdraw from Ip Man 3

13 May 2013 / 3 years 5 months ago

In April of last year, many fans were excited when it was announced that Donnie Yen (甄子丹) would be reprising his role in Ip Man 3. However, it has been reported that producer Raymond Wong and director Wilson Yip do not see eye to eye because Raymond wants his son, Edmond Wong to helm the movie instead. To show support for the director, Donnie decided to back out of Ip Man 3, insisting he would not act if Wilson did not direct, reports Lack of news on the movie sparked concern among fans and the media. It was soon revealed that Ip Man 3 was facing funding problems.Despite the limited funds, Raymond felt that the cast and crew should commence filming. Wilson suggested that they cut production costs, although he was worried about the effect this would have on the movie’s quality and 3D special effects. Wilson preferred to halt filming, rather than risk damaging the series’ reputation due to lack of funds. In the end, Raymond decided to replace Wilson with his son, Edmond, and to shoot Ip Man 3 in 2D.In response to this decision, Donnie announced that he was withdrawing alongside Wilson. The two share a deep friendship, which started when they first collaborated on the 2005 movie SPL: Sha Po Lang.According to insiders, Donnie and Wilson’s filming schedules are packed for the, rest of the year, making it unlikely that they will have time to start shooting Ip Man 3 in July. In response to possible scheduling conflicts, Raymond’s daughter, Alvina, responded, “We are a listed company, and we signed a contract with the investors. No matter who is in the cast, we will start filming.‘

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