the-monkey-kingChristopher Young has composed the music for the upcoming fantasy action adventure The Monkey King. The film is directed by Pou-Soi Cheang (Dog Bite Dog, Accident) and stars Donnie Yen in the title role, alongside, Aaron Kwok, Chow Yun-Fat, Peter Ho, Kelly Chen and Joe Chen. The movie is based on selected chapters of Wu Cheng’en’s novel Journey to the West and tells theĀ  story of how the Monkey King rebels against the Jade Emperor of Heaven. Edmond Wong (Ip Man) has adapted the material for the screen and Agan (Don Quixote) is producing the Mandarin Films and Filmko Pictures production. The Monkey King will be released in China, Hong Kong and other Asian territories on January 31, 2014. A release in the U.S. later in 2014 is expected.

As previously reported, the composer also has the comedies Single Moms Club andĀ Gods Behaving Badly, as well as the thriller Deliver Us from Evil (previously entitled Beware the Night) directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Eric Bana coming up. Young has also scored Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, which is currently playing in theaters.