Following SPL 2’s box office success, the possibility of an SPL 3 was inevitable – in fact, it’s in stone! According Twitchfilm, producer Paco Wong (Zombie Fight Club) announced that the next installment in the SPL franchise, titled S.P.L 3: War Needs Lord, has already been green-lit.
The original SPL (aka Sha Po Lang) – helmed by Wilson Yip (Bio-Zombie), which was released in North America under the title Kill Zone – helped provide a boost to Donnie Yen’s and Sammo Hung’s popularity before they collaborated again three years later on 2008’s Ip Man. Even with a Category III rating (essentially the Chinese equivalent of the NC-17), SPL proved successful in Hong Kong theaters.
The sequel, SPL 2, directed by Soi Cheang (Accident), starred Tony Jaa (Skin Trade), Wu Jing (Wolf Warrior), Louis Koo (Flash Point), Simon Yam (Cyprus Tigers) and Zhang Jin (Rise of the Legend). Despite the absence of Yen, SPL 2 was both a critical and financial success.
For SPL 3, Soi Cheang (The Monkey King) and producer Wilson Yip (Ip Man 3) are returning as director and producer, respectively. There are currently no additional details at the moment, but we’ll be sure to keep you informed. For now, be sure to read our review for SPL 2.