Y’all remember the TV series Kung Fu? Well, if you’re like me, chances are you’ve only really heard about it secondhand, and after making the actual leap into the show, decided it wasn’t for you. Regardless, it was influential in certain geek circles, and even caught the attention of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who went on to cast its star David Carradine in Kill Bill. The series was also referenced in Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.
Well, the show has since been sitting on a shelf for decades, and Universal Pictures has just bought the rights to it, a report from Deadline states. But that’s not all. It actually sounds like the project is picking up some real momentum, as it has nabbed Hobbs & Shaw and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch.
As of right now, those seem to be the main pieces in place, but a writer will likely be hired fairly quickly.
While I can’t say I’m too thrilled with the property, I do think that martial arts cinema is something I’m ready to see come back, and if there was a director I’d want to see head up something like this, it would be someone like David Leitch, who has a background in stunt coordination.
Deadline describes the plot to the Kung Fu TV series as follows:
“The original ABC series starred David Carradine as a master martial artist who fled China after his master was murdered. He wandered the Old West helping the downtrodden and weathering rampant racism while eluding assassins trying to kill him. He was a peaceful man until provoked, which happened at least once an episode.”
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