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Baz Luhrmann to Direct Kung Fu?
By Robert T. Trate
April 12, 2014
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Will Kung Fu leap to the big screen?
Now here is a film I never thought I would see. Baz Luhrmann, the director of Moulin Rogue! and The Great Gatsby, is currently in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of Kung Fu. Yes, the same Kung Fu TV series that featured David Carradine (also from Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2). For the final twist John McLaughlin, the screenwriter of Black Swan, is penning the script.
The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive story: “The Australian filmmaker behind The Great Gatsby is in talks to direct Kung Fu, Legendary Pictures' big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show. It is unclear how far along the talks are. Legendary had no comment, but the company is beginning to ramp up its Chinese-centric projects again (Yimou Zhang is in talks to revive the company's adventure movie The Great Wall) and Kung Fu has Chinese roots.
If a deal is made, Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on the script before proceeding (The current script is by Black Swan scribe John McLaughlin.)”.
The original TV series ran from 1972 to 1975 and still has a massive cult following. The artistic style of Luhrmann and a Kung Fu western? I say bring it on!
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