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Kung Fu Hustle
Stephen Chow writes, directs and stars in his own movies, so it takes a long time with his full attention. For his side projects, he may take a lesser role. He serves as a producer only on the DragonballZ live-action film.
Chow's Projects: Kung Fu Hustle Sequel and DragonballZ
"I won't have a cameo in the film," Chow said. "My contribution is mainly in the screenwriting department, giving them input and suggestions in the screenplay and other aspects."
Though produced by Hollywood, Chow recognizes some Hong Kong style affecting the production. "It is a Hollywood film but they are shooting rather quickly, so I very much admire their work ethic and how quickly they're doing this. So there are some aspects of the kind of Hong Kong work ethic they've taken, but it's really a Hollywood production."
With his own original material, Chow is still thinking about a sequel to his international hit, Kung Fu Hustle. "A sequel is something that I have been considering for some time and it's still on the table, but lately there's been a kind of shift away from making it a literal sequel from the first movie and just a kind of new film in this series that will explore a new story, new ideas and that will give us more freedom."
Since his character became a master at the end of Kung Fu Hustle, it would make little artistic sense to stay in that era. "Some of the things we're thinking of are one, it's probably not going to be a classical costume drama. It'll probably be a modern picture and more and more, I'm tempted to set it in contemporary America. That's possibly going to be the setting."