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Ready For A Bruce Lee Origin Story?
Groundswell plans Birth Of The Dragon

20 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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It’s a little known fact that Bruce Lee got his incredible martial arts skills from a combination of hard work and radiation exposure when he was five. All right, just the hard work bit. But now a film company is planning to embellish a real-life tale from his 20s for Birth Of The Dragon.

Writers Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele (no strangers to the biopic field after Nixon, Ali and the in-development Freddie Mercury film Mercury) are looking at a way to expand upon a duel between Lee and Wong Jack Man that went down in San Francisco in 1965.

Wong, then China’s most famous Kung Fu master, took on Lee at a time when the Hong Kong Triads ruled the US city’s Chinatown. But the writers are tasked with turning that into the story of the two men teaming up to battle gangsters. So… It's fan-fiction writ large?

"Stephen Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have taken a little-known chapter in the life of Bruce Lee and used it as a jumping-off point for a bold, exciting story about the making of an international legend,” says Groundswell chief Michael London in a statement.

Of course, if this does happen, they’ll need someone to play Lee. No easy task, that, as Jason Scott Lee might testify...

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*le sigh* That is all. More

Posted by Russ Whitfield at 09:49 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

There's already Bruce Lee, My Brother and the Dragon movie, as well as that TV series. Not sure what else they hope to do here. More

Posted by rich at 00:06 on 22 February 2013 | Report This Post

As this movie has virtually nothing to do with Bruce Lee, why drag him into it at all? Why not just make it a straight-up kung fu flick? It's just an attempt to cash in on Bruce Lee's name and make a few bucks. Bruce Lee should be fighting Bruce The Shark from Jaws in Enter The Great White Jaws Of Death anyway. More

Posted by BenTramer at 20:15 on 20 February 2013 | Report This Post

The title...
So, if Wilkinson and Rivele titled their Richard Nixon biopic 'Nixon,' their Muhamad Ali biopic 'Ali', and their forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic 'Mercury', to follow suit I guess they will have to call this film 'Lee.' A shame, I'd love it to be called 'Bruce.' More

Posted by marcus_fuller at 23:26 on 19 February 2013 | Report This Post

Empire not seen Dragon?
Surprised they didnt mention Dragon in this news story.That was a great movie about Bruce Lee.Move on Hollywood, nothing to see here. More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 21:58 on 19 February 2013 | Report This Post

they did this already!
They already told the Bruce Lee story back in 1993, Dragon the Bruce Lee story More

Posted by kermit.t at 21:09 on 19 February 2013 | Report This Post

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