BERLIN – Martin Scorsese and Andrew Lau will finally join forces New York-set gangster action-thriller Revenge of the Green Dragons, six years after the U.S. director won his first and as yet only Oscar with The Departed, an adaptation of the Hong Kong filmmaker’s Infernal Affairs.
Scorsese will serve as an executive producer for the project.
It is understood that Lau has visited the U.S. last month to confirm details of the production after spending the end of last year presiding over the release of his own directorial effort The Guillotines, which was repped by We Distribution at the EFM, and then The Last Tycoon, the Distribution Workshop-fronted market title which he produced.
With shooting planned to begin in April, Revenge of the Green Dragons is fully financed by Octane, IM Global’s genre film division, according to an announcement by IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, producer Allen Bain and Lau’s creative partner Andrew Loo. Ford and Bain will produce the film alongside Ara Katz and 7th Floor Produtions’ Jesse Scolaro, while Scorsese will executive produce alongside Deepak Nayar, Steve Squillante, Michael Bassick and Artfire’s Art Spigel.
Based on a Michael Di Jiacomo script born out of a New Yorker article about the American-Chinese underworld, the film revolves around two immigrants fighting their way up the Green Dragons gang, and then their struggle to confront their former associates as one of them was cast beyond the pale for his trysts with his clan chieftain.
Green Dragons will be Lau’s second attempt to crack Hollywood. His first foray into English-language filmmaking, the Richard Gere-starring detective thriller The Flock, went straight to home video release in 2008. Lau is also slated to appear at the Hong Kong International Film Festival as its director-in-focus in March before heading to the U.S. for his new shoot.