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"The Green Destiny," the upcoming sequel to Ang Lee's acclaimed martial arts fantasy feature "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," is set to be shot in New Zealand.

The Weinstein Company-produced film will take advantage of the country's newly increased production incentives and will join the soon to film trilogy of "Avatar" sequels which is also scheduled to begin production later this year in New Zealand.

Film Auckland chairman Alex Lee tells Radio New Zealand that the green light for the film was made possible by recent policy changes which now allows major productions to claim back up to 25% of their budget as rebates.

The story will be based on "Iron Knight, Silver Vase" by Wang Du Lu, the next book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy. Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen star.

Production on the film is due to start in July and will take place in both New Zealand and China.

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