Eli Roth helps RZA make THE MAN WITH THE IRON FIST
Gone are the days where RZA would sit around with his friends, watching old Kung Fu movies and making Wu-Tang records. A new chapter is opening in Bobby Digital's life as he prepares to make his directorial debut in THE MAN WITH THE IRON FIST. The film is passion project that has been developing since 2005, when RZA, Eli Roth, and Quentin Tarantino ended up snowed-in at Roth's parents' house in Boston. Check out what Eli Roth had to say about it after the jump!
"We flew back, ended up snowed in in Boston, staying at my parents' house in Newton. Turned out that my dad and RZA grew up in Brooklyn and went to the same Brownsville Junior High School and swam in the same public pool. He hooked me on his dream of directing and reinventing the Kung Fu movie genre. It reminded me of my love of horror. RZA went to the set of KILL BILL, and got a master directing course from Quentin. Nothing was happening with the script, and I formed this company, Arcade, with Eric Newman, that made LAST EXORCISM, a film that comes out in August through Lionsgate. We were looking for projects and I suggested RZA's script. I wrote the latest draft with him. While I was away shooting INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, RZA went to China to shoot test footage on his own, with all the choreography. It was very visual and I think he will bring to life a script that mixes kung fu with a spaghetti Western mindset and a hip hop influence."
So here it is, 2010, and this film is moving ahead with a nearly $20 million budget. RZA will be starring in and directing the project, while Roth is attached currently as co-writer and a producer. Production is scheduled to start in Hong Kong this September.
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