Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is reportedly in talks to direct a big screen adaption of Kung Fu. Late actor David Carradine played Shaolin monk Kwai Chang Caine in the martial arts U.S. TV series from 1972 to 1975.
If Luhrmann signs on, he would reportedly rewrite the script from XXX scribe Rich Wilkes before filming, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Jeff Wadlow is kicking some serious directing ass! The filmmaker, who helmed the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, is now slated to direct the speedboat action flick Go Fast, according to Deadline. Here's a guy who seems to be making a name for himself as an action genre fixture.
Go Fast, which Sony Pictures has acquired, will be written by Rich Wilkes. The action film will follow a team of DEA agents jetting off in super speedy boats to hault bands of drug smugglers on the water. So, pretty much we're looking forward to Fast And The Furious on the high seas…. but we're trading in cars for high-speed vessels.
The film marks the second huge studio film for Wadlow to direct, the first being Kick-Ass 2, which was handed down to him from rights holder Matthew Vaughn (director of the first installment of the Kick-Ass franchise). Wadlow is also penning and directing Marvel's X-men spin-off X-Force for 20th Century Fox.
So, crime fighting kids, Marvel mutants, and supercharged speedboats? Wadlow's setting up camp quite nicely in the action world.
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In a new interview with MTV, The Dirt co-writer Neil Strauss has revealed screenwriter Rich Wilkes has drawn up his wish list of stars, who he'd like to see as the rockers in the movie.
Strauss explains, "He told me who he'd love to see in the film. Here's who he sees: Brad Pitt as David Lee Roth, Jared Leto as Vince Neil, Jack Black or Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Ozzy Osbourne... Justin Timberlake as their first manager, Sam Rockwell as Mick Mars, Ashton Kutcher or Russell Brand as Tommy Lee. He's got it all thought out. That would be amazing."
But Strauss admits that although the first draft of the screenplay is amazing, there are issues about actually turning it into a film.
He adds, "I really hope they make it. I think it will be great. I think they're just scared because it's obviously going to be a hard R (rated) movie. I think they're worried they won't make enough money off it."
Drummer Tommy Lee recently stated Rob Zombie was onboard to direct the film. Zombie has since denied that.
I remember hearing grumblings of an Iron Fist movie at the beginning of the past decade. It supposedly was to star Ray "Darth Maul" Park as Danny Rand, the martial arts master and superhero who wields the mystical power of the Iron Fist, an ancient force that turns his hands into indestructible weapons. It was in development at Artisan Entertainment, the defunct company that was originally behind 2004's underrated Punisher film.
That was the last that I heard about an Iron Fist feature until today, when Deadline reported that xXx screenwriter Richard Wilkes has been tapped by Marvel Studios to draft a movie based on the 35-year-old character. It's a good choice, as Wilkes created a blockbuster franchise out of nothing for Vin Diesel back in 2002. With a character that has as much back-story and mythos as Rand, Wilkes will have plenty of funny pages to comb through to capture the right tone for this superhero film that should feel (in part) like the of the 70s Kung-Fu flicks that inspired his creation.
The trade notes that Iron Fist, like the recently announced Dr. Strange adaptation, will be one of the first films to be distributed by Disney. The Mouse House paid $4 billion for the company late last year and though the rights to many blue-chip franchises (like X-Men and Spider-Man) still remain at rival studios (like Fox, Sony and Paramount), it is encouraging to hear that it is moving forward with the development of new properties.
What interests me now is the fate of Luke Cage, who famously joined forces with Iron Fist as the urban mercenary squad Heroes For Hire. Cage has been gestating at Paramount for years (the character was a part of the deal with the Viacom-owned studio that spawned Iron Man) with Tyrese Gibson attached, and though I had hoped to see a gritty, John Singleton-directed adaptation of the character come to fruition, I now hope that Marvel can take Cage back to ensure that the Heroes For Hire will rock the streets of New York together later this decade. Marvel also has Runaways and Ant-Man in development, with Peter Solett and Edgar Wright attached to direct, respectively.