‘Kung Fu’ Movie in the Works From ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ Director David Leitch

/Film | 1/21/2020 | Ben Pearson
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Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to Kung Fu, the 1970s TV series starring David Carradine, and the studio has hired David Leitch to direct a contemporary Kung Fu movie. Leitch, who has previously directed films like Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and Hobbs and Shaw, seems like an obvious choice to infuse this story with the kind of frenetic, action-packed choreography we’ve seen across his filmography.

Deadline reports that Leitch will direct the Kung Fu movie, which doesn’t yet have a writer attached. But this idea has been kicking around Hollywood for a long time (pun intended): the late Bill Paxton was planning to direct a movie version back in 2011, and Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) was attached to a version for Legendary in 2014.

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The original TV show, which first ran from 1972 to 1975, starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who wandered across the American West in search of his half brother. There were always fight scenes (it was an action series, after all), but Caine was a peaceful character who only used his martial arts skills when provoked. The show was a hit in its day, and it has lived on in the pop culture consciousness thanks to references in widely-viewed films like Office Space and many of the works of...
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