“Fast and Furious” 3-6 helmer Justin Lin is set to make his Chinese language debut directing a remake of the 1982 Jet Li career launching kung-fu feature “Shaolin Temple”.
Beijing Enlight Pictures Co. Ltd., Seven Stars and Perfect Storm will produce the 3D project which is a while off as pre-production is expected to take up to two years. No specific filming start date is yet set.
The original film is set in the period between China’s Sui and Tang Dynasties. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor.
Troy Craig Poon, Bruno Wu and Wang Changtian will produce the new version which is expected to be budgeted over $100 million.
Lin is presently at work as executive producer on “Fast and Furious 7” and is attached to direct the next “Bourne” film.