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Baz Luhrmann To Helm "Kung Fu" Film

By Garth Franklin Friday April 11th 2014 02:23PM
Baz Luhrmann To Helm "Kung Fu" Film

In an unexpected pairing, "Moulin Rouge" and "The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann is reportedly in talks to direct the film adaptation of the famous 1970s martial arts TV series "Kung Fu" for Legendary Pictures.

David Carradine starred in the ABC original as a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. Flashbacks showed his training as a teen in which his master referred to him as "young grasshopper".

The current script reportedly switches the action to China and sees the character go in search of his father - at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.

Rich Wilkes ("XXX") penned the script which Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on if the deal goes forward.

The project marks a welcome departure for Luhrmann, the Australian director known for his lavish production values and highly stylized filmmaking tackling a fairly stripped down and gritty genre feature rather than the lavish period musicals and romantic dramas he built his career on.

Source: Heat Vision

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