“SPL2: A Time For Consequences,” the Hong Kong action hit, will get a release in North America in early 2016.
Rights to the film, a sequel to Wilson Yip’s 2005 police action thriller “Sha Po Lang: Kill Zone,” were acquired by Texas-based WellGo USA from Hong Kong sales agency Bravos Pictures.
The film had its premiere in June as part of the Shanghai festival’s focus on action movies, and it has since been a hit in mainland and Hong Kong cinemas.
“SPL2” is directed by Cheang Pou-soi (“Motorway,” “The Monkey King”) and stars Wu Jing and Simon Yam, who return to the series, albeit in different roles. Joining the cast is Thai martial arts star Tony Jaa and versatile Hong Kong actor Louis Koo.
The story follows an undercover drugs cop who unintentionally lands up in a Thai jail, alongside a particularly dangerous fellow prisoner.
WellGo’s president and CEO Doris Pfardrescher says the commercial release will follow premieres in several North American festivals through the fall.
“Combining Tony Jaa with a cast of stars from our best-selling martial arts and action movies was beyond our expectations. It’s been worth the wait,” she said.