The latest on Bruce Lee’s ‘The Silent Flute’ remake

"Circle of Iron" (aka "The Silent Flute") Theatrical Poster

"Circle of Iron" (aka "The Silent Flute") Theatrical Poster

Bruce Lee’s actual screenplay for The Silent Flute will be made into a movie with a planned production starting sometime in 2014.

According to Empire, the film will be “a $25 million action fantasy, including a significant martial arts component, set in a post-apocalyptic future in which a seeker embarks on a hero’s journey to a city which may have survived the apocalypse.” Despite its “post-apocalyptic” twist, Lee’s vision and intentions are expected to be kept in tact, due to the full support of the Bruce Lee estate. The Silent Flute is being produced by Allan Hatcher.

Here’s Lee’s preface from his original script: The story illustrates a great difference between Oriental and Western thinking. This average Westerner would be intrigued by someone’s ability to catch flies with chopsticks, and would probably say that has nothing to do with how good he is in combat. But the Oriental would realize that a man who has attained such complete mastery of an art reveals his presence of mind in every action… True mastery transcends any particular art.

The idea of The Silent Flute was originally conceived by Bruce Lee, James Coburn and Stirling Silliphant in 1969; it was also to be Lee’s first Hollywood production. The project was ultimately scrapped and Lee’s Hollywood debut became Enter the Dragon. 4 years after Lee’s death, Silliphant brought The Silent Flute back from the dead in the form of 1978’s Circle of Iron (see trailer), with David Carradine filling in for Lee. Due to drastic story changes and the obvious absence of its intended star, Circle of Iron’s critical reception was mostly lukewarm; however, the film does hold a cult status amongst movie fans around the world.

The Silent Flute will be restored and produced at China’s National Animation Industry Park, the world’s largest virtual studio, once phase one of construction is completed in April 2013.

BREAKING NEWS: Haywire and MMA star Gina Carano is tied to The Silent Flute remake. She is expected to play a character named Tara.

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12 Responses to The latest on Bruce Lee’s ‘The Silent Flute’ remake

  1. HKFanatic says:

    Damn, this has me really curious to see “Circle of Iron” now. Had no idea that it was based on an idea by Bruce Lee. I think it was put out on Blu-ray not long ago.

    • Seeker says:

      I know it is on DVD as I am watching it now. If you are interested in oriental philisophy I highly recommend this movie to you.

  2. Ningen31 says:

    I think Fist of the North Star already beat ’em to it. 🙂

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  4. Richie says:

    i made a video after watching bruce on enter the dragon and i made so many workout videos it would mean alot if anyone who is reading this would subcribe to my videos and comment on my videos i would love to know what u all think of my workout even tho i have cerably palsy and seizures

  5. Tianzi says:

    Looks like it’s going to be produced in the world’s largest virtual studio in Tianjin eco-city, China.

  6. john says:

    i like this article and i especially like this part “This average Westerner would be intrigued by someone’s ability to catch flies with chopsticks, and would probably say that has nothing to do with how good he is in combat. But the Oriental would realize that a man who has attained such complete mastery of an art reveals his presence of mind in every action… True mastery transcends any particular art.”

    absolutely true, westerners lack the wisdom and understanding of what it represents, they simply just see a guy catching a fly with a chopstick lol.. a eastern oriental guy would know this was a genius at work….. there are sooooo many things in the western world people dont understand and realise……… chinese people can sure learn from the western world how to let their hair down and have fun…. but there is so much treasure in the oriental way of life, westerners are too blind to see. until now…. now is the time when east will be combining with west… i can assure you any asian guy brought up in the west, has a major advantage over anybody.. if they choose to use their knowlege and respect both cultures……

  7. Lynn Raven says:

    Circle of Iron has been one of my all time fav movies of all my life. I was born in 1960 and Harold and Maude is my other all time fav. They are both cult classics of the time… even with the man who played cord not being able to act. I even married a man who looked like David Caradine. Lol has the remake come out? Anyone willing to give me a run down on it?

  8. Ralph says:

    Don’t watch this movie for the martial arts or the acting. Watch it for the Tao philosophy.

    “Tie two birds together
    though they have four wings
    they cannot fly”

    “Each moment that passes changes you
    you can not possess even yourself.
    How then, can you hope to possess anyone or anything else.”
    The Blind Man

  9. Michael says:

    Ok so it is now 2017 is there any word as of wether or not the remake was ever or will ever be made? I am a huge Bruce Lee fan and this question has been eating at me. So ,,, Anybody?

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