Even though Donnie Yen has announced that he is moving on to other projects, director Wilson Yip seems open to the idea of filming a 3rd movie. Wilson stated that he thought about tracing the story until Bruce Lee’s death, so it wouldn’t be a problem for him to keep going.
Here is what Wilson had to say about he subject.
“If I were to shoot Ip Man 3, then it must be on Yip Man and Bruce Lee. But I have to emphasize that it’s really, really difficult to find a Bruce Lee actor, it would be very problematic if not handled well. I hope to find one with the looks, but at the same time, he must be trained in martial arts and be a self-possessed actor. But the audience would only want to see one who looks very much like Bruce Lee. If I couldn’t find a suitable person, it’d be very difficult to shoot the third installment.”
This seems to be the sticking point for the Ip Man series now. If (or when) Bruce Lee is introduced, should they go for looks or martial arts skill? Is it smarter just to leave the series where it is? Leaving it at a high point is safer, as Donnie Yen suggested. I’m a little on the fence about this one. While I can’t help but get giddy when “Ip Man” and “3″ are in the same sentence, I am worried that my favorite franchise will be run into the ground. Even if the director is the same, it won’t be the same without Donnie, who is responsible for starting the craze.
In the end, I’m happy to see Donnie very similar to his film counterpart. He is not concerned about money, but how he progresses as an actor. If you have any problems with that, maybe you should take it up with Donnie. Good luck.