‘Moulin Rouge’ filmmaker to direct ‘Kung Fu’ reboot?

"Kung Fu" VHS Cover

"Kung Fu" VHS Cover

Last year, it was announced that Bill Paxton (Aliens) was attached to direct a big screen reboot of 1972’s Kung Fu, the popular TV series that starred David Carradine (Kill Bill series) and Keye Luke (1940’s The Green Hornet). Unfortunately, Paxton has left the project for unknown reasons.

However, Legendary pictures and Universal are still moving forward with Kung Fu reboot. Producers are currently searching for a new director to restructure the project. There’s no word if they’ll salvage any part of John McLaughlin’s (Parker) completed script for Paxton’s vision, or just hire a new writer completely.

There are still no leads attached, but it’s going to be interesting if an Asian actor is chosen for the starring role. After all, the idea for the Kung Fu TV series was originated by Bruce Lee, who was up for the starring role; but supposedly, David Carradine was chosen over Lee because the ABC network felt that American audiences were not ready for an “oriental” to carry a TV series.

BREAKING NEWS: THR reports that Baz Luhrmann is currently in talks to direct Kung Fu. The Australian director is mostly known for Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby.

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3 Responses to ‘Moulin Rouge’ filmmaker to direct ‘Kung Fu’ reboot?

  1. joey says:

    Bruce Lee DID NOT create the TV show “Kung Fu”. His show was a completely different idea. “Kung Fu” had been in development for years before his idea. David Carradine was always the top choice and the show would not been as successful with any other actor. However, I would like to see Bruce Lee’s original idea as a new tv show.

    • Ningen says:

      “David Carradine was always the top choice and the show would not been as successful with any other actor. ”

      *cough* Bullshit *cough*

  2. Dylan says:

    I’m pretty sure it would’ve been even more successful had they chosen Bruce Lee but were not wanting to take any risks with an Asian actor. Hollywood was not ready for such risk.

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