David Carradine’s classic TV show Kung Fu ( 1972-1975) is getting female-centric reboot/sequel. A pilot, produced by Greg Berlanti (Legends of Tomorrow) and written by Wendy Mericle (Arrow), has been ordered from the martial masters at Fox.
According to Deadline: The new Kung Fu follows the adventures of Lucy Chang, a Buddhist monk and kung fu master who travels through 1950s America armed only with her spiritual training and her martial arts skills as she searches for the man who stole her child years before. When she teams with JT Cullen, a charming Korean War vet with his own secrets, the two form an unlikely alliance that allows Lucy to continue her search while also coming to the aid of people in need. (It is unclear whether Carradine’s character and Lucy Chang are related.)
Back in 2013, it was announced that the late Bill Paxton (Aliens) was attached to direct a big screen reboot of Kung Fu. Unfortunately, Paxton left the project (before his passing) for unknown reasons. Then it was announced that Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) was in talks, but a deal never materialized (via THR).
There are currently no further details on Berlanti/Mericle’s Kung Fu, but we’ll be sure to fill you in as we learn more.