Yen said to have quit Ip Man 3

Actor Donnie Yen has reportedly quit Ip Man 3 due to his tight schedule. Talk has it that Yen decided to quit after movie producer Raymond Wong roped in his son to direct the film. Yen admitted he is against Edmond taking over Ip Man 3 as he and director Wilson Yip, who worked together on Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010), share similar ideas about the film and want to maintain its branding.

HONG KONG - Ip Man 3, the movie starring Donnie Yen, appears to be stuck in limbo after producer Raymond Wong said filming will not begin this year as planned.

He told Apple Daily Hong Kong in a story published last Saturday that both Yen and director Wilson Yip are tied up this year and said he hoped to get them on board next year.

Talk has it that Yen, 49, has quit the movie because Wong has replaced Yip with his son Edmond, who wrote the first two films in the blockbuster series.

But Wong last Friday said his son is getting married this year and will have no time to direct. He also said it was Yip who had suggested that Edmond, 34, be allowed to try directing as Yip is busy with other work.

Both Wong and Yen denied rumours that the actor had asked for a phenomenal sum to return as gongfu master Ip Man (1893 - 1972) in the series.

On talk that they have fallen out, Yen would only say to Apple Daily: "Whatever it is, I respect him."

He claimed that he had in fact set aside time from this month to December to film Ip Man 3. On Wong's hope of starting production next year, Yen said his schedules are tight for next year.

But he admitted he is against Edmond taking over Ip Man 3 as he and Yip, who worked together on Ip Man (2008) and Ip Man 2 (2010), share similar ideas about the film and want to maintain its branding.


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