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Legendary Goes Grasshopper over Kung Fu

Published May 24, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
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If it wasn't for the 70s television series Kung Fu there is a good chance it would not have been David Carradine playing the role of Bill in Tarantino's Kill Bill franchise. Other than that I was a little too young for the series to care anything about it.

It turns out, however, that Legendary Pictures believes there are enough people who do care and would appreciate having Kung Fu adapted to the bigscreen.


A Kung Fu Movie


According to Variety, Warners-based Legendary Pictures is bringing Kung Fu to the bigscreen after acquiring film rights to the 1970s TV series from creator Ed Spielman.

Legendary, wanting to keep the story true to its roots, has optioned a screenplay from scribes Spielman and Howard Friedlander, also a writer from the original series.

This move by Legendary comes as part of a strategy to begin taking an active role in developing their own projects without Warner Bros. Their pact with Warner Bros currently has them co-financing and co-producing at least twenty-five films over five years. Warner Bros had originally come up with the concept of adapting Kung Fu but ended up passing on it.

Legendary wouldn't disclose a specific logline for the bigscreen version of Kung Fu, but their president of distribution and marketing Scott Mednick said the film would explore the events on which the TV show was based and the origins of the main characters
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David Carradine immortalized the lead role of Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who flees China for the American Wild West, where he helps the powerless
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Kung Fu made its debut as a movie of the week in 1972, then ran as a weekly series on ABC until 1975. Two additional telepics followed as well as another series in 1993.

Will Carradine be able to play a cameo role in the upcoming adaptation? Will there be Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique?

Stay tuned for updates.

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