The highly successful Overheard is getting a sequel, made by the same cast and crew. On February 27, the Overheard 2 (竊聽風雲2) team held its first press conference, with producer Derek Yee and cast members Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, and Daniel Wu in attendance. Prolific duo Felix Chong and Alan Mak (Infernal Affairs trilogy) have signed on again to direct and write the film. Lau, Koo and Wu are also returning to film the second installment but will be in acting in different roles. This will mark the tenth cooperation between Lau and Koo.
As one of the biggest box-office hits of 2009, the original Overheard followed three agents from the Hong Kong Police Force Commercial Crime Bureau whose job was to infiltrate a trading company involved with manipulating the stock market. However, in a moment of greed, the three agents chose not to report the information they intercepted -- and instead, end up in a very dangerous situation. The sequel will tell a new story, as the first film ended with one of the lead characters' death and the three leading actors did not want to continue this storyline. In an interview with Hunantv, Mak explained: “After finishing the first film, we felt like there were a lot of aspects that were lacking, which we want to make up for in the new film.”
In the new film, Lau plays a stock market investor, while Wu is the agent that spies on him. Koo will appear in a new role as the cop on both of their tails (and he will don white hair for the first time in a film). New cast members include Michelle Ye (Once a Gangster) and Huang Yi (Summer's Desire), who will reportedly have prominent roles -- as opposed the supporting female characters who were relegated to eye candy in the original film.
Overheard 2 will have a budget of $8 million, with a tentative release date in August. Production will be under Mak's Pop Movies, with financing from Bona Entertainment and Sil Metrapole Organization, making it a China-Hong Kong co-production.
The cast and crew of Overheard 2 at the film's press conference