The Wu-Tang Clan leader has stepped behind the camera for his directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, and he recently agreed to team up with comic book icon Grant Morrison to adapt his latest graphic novel, Happy!, for the big screen.
Now RZA is building up his film portfolio by taking on two additional projects - and one will see him tackle the life story of the great 13th century emperor, based on a script years in the making by Apocalypse Now screenwriter John Milius.
Milius had once been tapped to direct the film himself, while Mickey Rourke had also previously been linked to a leading role.
Casting details have yet to be announced, but production is expected to begin in China next year (13).
RZA has also taken on diamond heist action thriller No Man's Land, according to The Hollywood Reporter.