Director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) is in talks to helm Son of Shaolin, a martial arts film based on the graphic novel of the same name created and written by Caanan Whit and Jay Longino (who also penned Jackie Chan’s Skiptrace).
Son of Shaolin is a kung fu epic set in the back alleys and subway tunnels of Harlem, New York. Kyrie, an aspiring street artist who is struggling to make ends meet, learns that he is the last living descendant of a secret sect of ancient Shaolin Elders. Confused and unsure of where to turn, he finds a father figure in the mysterious Master Fong. Fong trains Kyrie in martial arts in anticipation of an attack from Red Fist, a relentless killer who has already murdered the rest of Kyrie’s bloodline (via Amazon).
Last year, there were reports that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Rundown) would be showing off some new kung fu skills as one of the film’s stars, but recent reports suggest that he’s only producing the film (via THR).
Stay tuned for updates regarding the movie. The graphic novel for Son of Shaolin releases on September 26, 2017. For now, here’s the real son of Shaolin…