Sleeping Dogs Film Adaptation in the Works Starring Rogue One’s Donnie Yen

The 2012 open-world crime game Sleeping Dogs may see a future on the big screen in a film adaptation, with martial arts phenomenon Donnie Yen to star.

on March 3, 2017 4:28 PM

Originally released back in 2012 by developer United Front and published by Square Enix, Sleeping Dogs became a sleeper hit for its open-world gameplay set in contemporary Hong Kong, with the game to (potentially) see a release on the big screen.

According to a report from Deadline, a feature film adaptation of Sleeping Dogs is currently in the works from producer Neal H. Moritz, who was previously of films such as The Fast & the Furious series, I Am Legend, and 21 Jump Street.

The report also detailed that Donnie Yen is currently set for the film’s leading role, who was most recently seen as the blind Force-sensitive warrior Chirrut Imwe in last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and in this year’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Prior to that, Yen was famous in Hong Kong for his roles in a variety of martial arts and action films, such as the Ip Man series.

Few other details are known about the potential film adaptation at this time, but with the game’s setting and emphasis on action, shooting, and martial arts, there should be plenty of material for actors like Yen and more to join on, and (hopefully) a new audience for a well-received and underrated game.

Sleeping Dogs first released from Square Enix in August 2012 for PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac – a Definitive Edition of the game with remastered visuals and additional content was released in 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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