Baz Luhrmann May Be The Grandmaster of ‘Kung Fu’ Big Screen Adaptation

By April 11, 2014

For once, I’m not feeling completely cynical about a big screen adaptation of a childhood fave!

Not only is Legendary Pictures taking the popular 1970’s kung fu Western series that spawned three updated series through the 80’s and 90’s (which I also watched) from the small to big screen, they’re also in talks with Baz Luhrmann (one of the modern day masters of the “sweeping epic movie” genre) to direct.

And in case you have NO idea what I’m talking about…have a seat, young whippersnapper.

“Kung Fu” tells the tale of Kwai Chang Caine (portrayed by David Carradine as an adult, his real-life brother Keith Carradine as a teenager, and Radames Pera as a young boy), a Shaolin monk who travels through the American Old West armed only with his spiritual training and his skill in martial arts, as he looks for his half-brother Danny Caine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources have said that if the deal is made, Luhrmann will take over and rewrite the current script written by Rich Wilkes (xXx), which currently sets the action in China with Caine in search of his father (and temporarilyy ending up in prison fighting for his life).

My only hope is that IF Luhrmann decides to take on this amazing project, he:


A) Actually hires an Asian actor in order to make up for the whole “completely screwing over Bruce Lee” thing. I vote The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift star Brian Tee (above).

B) Doesn’t frig it up with UNNECESSARY musical numbers. Luhrmann is AMAZING at making epics – I’d even rank him up there with George Stevens, director of the 1953 classic Shane – but not everything needs sequins and songs.

What do you think? Does this make you happy or sad in the face area? Sound off below!

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Cricket Lee
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  • Never watched the show, but the concept of David Carradine being cast over Bruce Lee is pretty ridiculous.

    • Cricket Lee

      especially since Lee’s the one who developed the damn series to begin with!