Despite publicly stating that Ip Man 3 was his last Ip Man sequel, martial arts superstar Donnie Yen (Kung Fu Jungle) never ruled out the idea of revisiting the Ip Man character for a fourth time – but considering Ip Man 3 had somewhat of a swan song-feel to it, fans dismissed the possibility.
Additionally, Yen’s increasing popularity and demand in Hollywood with the recently released Star Wars: Rogue One and xXx: Return of Xander Cage raised the question: Why would Yen backpedal to the Ip Man role again, especially if Ip Man 3 was a perfect closing chapter?
Then in September of 2017, nearly a year after the release of the last Ip Man 3, Yen had this to say: “I want to share this very excited news with you all, my good friend Wilson Yip, who had directed all of my last three Ip Man series, tonight, we have decided to reunite and continue to make our next project together, Ip Man 4! Yes, I-P-M-A-N part 4!”
On March 19th, Yen (via FB) shared the news that production for Ip Man 4 begins in 2018: “Some prefer to call me the IP MAN. Filming begins 2018, I am back!” Yen is also toying with the idea of Tony Jaa (SPL 2) being his next opponent in Ip Man 4 (via HK01).
There was a rumor going around that Jackie Chan would be co-starring with Donnie Yen in Ip Man 4. Turns out, it was false. According to HK Top 10, producer Raymond Wong Pak Ming denied the rumor, but stated the film has already started preparation.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more about Ip Man 4. In the meantime, Yen can next be seen in Wong Jing’s Chasing the Dragon (aka King of Drug Dealers), where he’s taking on the role of real-life gangster Ng Sek-ho (aka Crippled Ho). And there’s also a Ip Man spin-off in the works, titled Cheung Tin-chi, with breakout star Max Zhang reprising his character from Ip Man 3 (rumors suggest that Yen may have a cameo as Ip Man).
Updates: Donnie Yen told OD (via JS ) that Ip Man 4 should start shooting in March 2018. “Director Wilson Yip is getting the script together right now,” said Donnie. “Production should start in March of next year, because that’s when we all have time in our schedules. I’ve saved that slot for Ip Man 4 already.”