Stephen Chow Finds Way Of The Dragon
Remake with Black and Hathaway
Possibly news to be taken with a pinch of salt, since Channel News Asia's Hong Kong Sources aren't entirely clear, but the rumour goes that Stephen Chow's next project, following Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle and his aborted tenure on The Green Hornet, may be a remake of Bruce Lee's Way of the Dragon.
This is seemingly the same film announced shortly after Chow's Green Hornet departure, as an action-packed comedy vehicle for Jack Black and Anne Hathaway. Titled Tai Chi, the film will, according to CNA, start shooting in June, with Chow making his Hollywood acting debut as well as directing.
1972's Way of the Dragon was Bruce Lee's third starring role, and he also wrote and directed. It involves Lee travelling to Rome to protect a restaurant and its staff from tha Mafia, and is unlike anything else in the quintessential ass-kicker's canon in that it's knockabout fun rather than deadly serious.
Ideal material for Chow then, whose Kung Fu Hustle is about as jawdroppingly bonkers a martial arts spectacle as you could hope for. If this is true, we'll be intrigued to see how Chow's material translates to the US, and quite what kind of a stand-in Jack Black will be for Bruce Lee. More of a cuddly *Kung Fu Panda, we're thinking.
*YES, that's a JOKE.