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Donnie Yen For Genghis Khan

— Posted by John Campea

I once wrote: “I always get a little excited when I’m in a movie and Donnie Yen pops on screen. The guy is just poetry in motion when doing action sequences… and he’s got that look about his that just says “I’m going to kick the living shit out of you now… and there isn’t anything you or anyone else in this room can really do about it. But I’ll do it in a polite way”. You know what I’m talking about.” And that is still quite true. I just love seeing this guy on screen.

I read this morning that Donnie Yen’s manager is saying Yes is front line to play the lead role in a biopic about Genghis Khan (not to be confused with it’s cousin “The Wrath of…”. Never mind.

The good folks over at MovieHole give us this:

The Chinese-Mongolian project is just one of several films in the works about the legendary Mongolian warrior and conqueror. Assumingly, Lee would be playing the lead in this pic. And I tell ya, that’s great casting. A lot better than some of the ideas that the producers of the other Khan biopic’s are throwing about.

It’ll be interesting to see which one gets up first, this version or the one that Steven Seagal (!) has in the works.Seagal’s untitled Genghis Khan project, with Kan Annakin, has been in the pipeline for a couple of years now though – so it could very well be dead.

Oh good grief… please tell me that a Steven Seagal film about Khan doesn’t actually get made. The movie would be an expose about how Khan only started him military campaign to rid the earth of un-environmentaly friendly nations. Go Khan Go.

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  • Dennis Appiah-Mhinta

    i must to say that i’m really in suspense with Donnie Yen and i know he will be happy to read this from me i wish i’m just like him

  • frankwolftown

    No ones going to watch the Segal movie so don’t worry about it.

    I’ll watch this flick as long as doesn’t have a bunch homosexual tendencies like Alexander.

  • http://www.myspace.com/cruelmessenger Darren J Seeley

    Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Steven Seagal co-producing such a film, with Donnie Yen starring. I also wouldn’t mind a real comeback by Seagal doing his akido alongside Yen’s wushu….but this is not that film.

    In truth, I think Seagal making a direct to video ‘Under Siege 3′ has more chance than this…

  • JeffGrey

    So wait, there are THREE Gehnghis Kahn movies under way? There’s MONGOL with Tadanobu Asano, directed by Sergei Bodrov (this one looks great). One with Segal, and now one with Donnie Yen? This is ridiculous.

  • Gordon Shumway

    Even though Im not John, my fvourite is against Jet Li in Once Upon A Time In China 2.

  • jayjay

    john, what are some of your favorite donnie yen movies/scenes?

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