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Paxton Circles KUNG FU Reboot

Bill Paxton could helm Legendary's Kung Fu remake.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 01, 2011
Source: Deadline

Bill Paxton directs FRAILTY
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After spending a few years in a successful bout on HBO's "Big Love", Bill Paxton is preparing to jump back into the realm of directing feature films. And Deadline reports his return to the director's chair may be the long-awaited reboot of the Kung Fu franchise.

The trade reports that Paxton is in talks to helm an adaptation of the '70s TV hero that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk traveling across America's old west in search of his half-brother, Danny Caine.

Legendary Pictures is overseeing the production which is expected to begin in China in the summer of 2012. Previous directing credits from Paxton include Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played

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monkeyfoot 11/1/2011 9:10:36 AM

I've been hoping this movie would get back on the front burner after being announced a year ago. I was a big fan of the original TV series reruns. Paxton seems to be a very good director and I'd love to see his take on translating this to the big screen.

 am also pleased that it could be an American director instead of one from Asia as has somtimes come up. Most of the action-oriented Asian filmmakers have fantastic visuals and action but the human part of the story is often far down in their priorities. An American director seems more likely to put emphasis on this which is a big part of the story. Great action can be thrown in after.

aegrant 11/1/2011 9:14:49 AM

When ever I see Paxton ithink one of two things - Chet being turned into a big pile of s#it in Weird Science, or, him screaming "Game Over, Man" in Aliens. Those are the things I remember him for.

VTGamehendge 11/1/2011 9:22:36 AM

aegrant, I always think of him pissing himself with a gun in his face in True Lies.  

DeeJay4ADay 11/1/2011 9:36:40 AM

I've got mixed feelings about this property... so my main hope is that it doesn't interfere with the development of a Shang Chi movie.

TheMovieGuy28 11/1/2011 10:29:14 AM

As a kid movie fan, Bill Paxton was like my "every movie guy" hero. He'd show up in all those supporting roles, each film seeming to have more dialogue and screen time than most. I remember as a kid hoping the guy would make it bigtime and become mainstream because he was always so cool in his characters.

And then in 1995 he was in Apollo 13 w/Tom & Kevin, which led to Twister, and he made it. I don't think there's ever been a movie he's been in I haven't enjoyed.

His directing is great. I may be wrong on this, as it's nearly 20 years ago, but I believe he also directed or wrote the movie "One False Move" where he plays a local good ol boy sheriff who's trying to stop a few sadistic murderers (billy bob thronton being one of them) from coming to his town. A very gritty good flick.

Congrats to him. I can still hear him humming a rap song in "Next of Kin" ha!


Anyone else in here have that favorite "b" actor who you really wanted to see make it big?

TheMovieGuy28 11/1/2011 10:32:11 AM

and he's the only actor alive who's had the pleasure of being murdered by a Terminator, an Alien, AND a Predator.

Guy must have tiger blood running full-bore through his veins

fallensbane 11/1/2011 12:11:55 PM

VTGamehendge, When I think of Paxton the only image that ever comes into my mind now is him as Coconut Pete in Broken Lizard's Club Dread...

Wiseguy 11/1/2011 2:21:15 PM

MovieGuy love One False Move, that was a badass film.

I share my love for Paxton too, Frailty is also a fave of mine. Really well done film IMO

Paxton has had many moments in film but I'm with aegrant, him freaking out in Aliens is tops.

Calibur454 11/1/2011 3:15:12 PM

I have to say nay to this one- it is next to imposible to replace Carridine. He was and always will be the heart of that show. Die hard fans will watch but I doubt it does big numbers.

Im not trying to diss Paxton I like his stuf too but the line of tv to movie bombs is just to long and for me at least to big a risk to even go near

FerretJohn 11/1/2011 4:16:07 PM

oh hell, I've been waiting for a Kung Fu remake for years, what's been taking them so long?  And Calibur, never say impossible.  I loved Carradine too but I've heard too many fans moan about how this person and that person could never be replaced in a remake only to see the new person to do as good or better.  Hopefully Paxton will not be looking at Bruce Willis or Ron Jeremy as Kwai Chang Kain, we'll see who he gets.

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