Woo starts work on The Crossing
John Woo has returned to the director's chair with his next film The Crossing, which is being described as the "Chinese Titanic".
After a three-year hiatus from the big screen since Reign Of Assassins in 2010, the Chinese director has begun work on the two-part war epic, said The Hollywood Reporter.
The disaster film, which is set in 40s Shanghai and Taiwan, follows three couples from differing backgrounds, whose lives are affected by history after they board a ship in the South China Sea, fleeing China for Taiwan during the 1949 revolution.
Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro, who starred in House Of Flying Daggers, along with Huang Xiao Ming, Tong Dawei and Japan's Masami Nagasawa are all set to star in The Crossing.
Originally titled 1949, and in the works since 2009, the film was reportedly delayed due to challenges in getting the script approved because of political sensitivities in China surrounding any portrayal of the revolutionary era.
John's Hollywood directorial works include Mission: Impossible II, Face/Off and Broken Arrow.