Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct Kung Fu, an adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western TV show. For those who have not heard of the masterful director needs to go watch Romeo and Juliet, the one that stars Leonardo Dicaprio.
He is currently in negotiations to re-write and direct the project for the younger kids in the audience. The 70s Kung Fu show ran from 1972 to 1975 it starred David Carradine as a half-American, half-Chinese orphan who is trained at a Shaolin monastery to become a martial arts master and eventually moves to America to fight for justice and the little guy. No word on whether in Baz’s version, the protagonist will train by trying to kick slow-motion falling shirts.
Think of this as another American gestures to China within the film industry. China’s film scene is expanding massively, and by 2020 it’s on pace to become the largest cinematic market, surpassing America. Most studios seem to be ahead of the game there: Marvel’s Iron Man 3 had a totally different Chinese subplot in an international cut of the film, one that proved controversial to some. And you’re going to see a lot of major Chinese productions with Hollywood ties, like Justin Lin’s $100 million remake of The Shaolin Temple. Below, enjoy a small sampling of the original Kung Fu.