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Stephen Chow and Jack Black to remake Bruce Lee’s THE WAY OF THE DRAGON?

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
February 23rd, 2010

Under the title, TAI CHI, Twitch film is reporting that director Stephen Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER, KUNG FU HUSTLE) has been hard at work perfecting a script based on Bruce Lee's 1972 film THE WAY OF THE DRAGON, which featured a memorable match up between Lee and American Karate Champion Chuck Norris. Budgeted at around $60 million, production is scheduled to start in June here in the states with Jack Black and Anne Hathaway to star.

In the film, Chow (who was recently set to play Kato in his big screen version of GREEN HORNET) will play a Chinese immigrant who comes to the US only to find work as a lowly, unassuming dishwasher in the slums of Chinatown and is secretly hiding the fact that he is a Tai Chi master. In true Kung Fu fashion, he reluctantly agrees to help protect the community from a local gang. Forced to reveal his skills, Chow's character shares his teachings at a martial arts school. This is where Jack Black and Anne Hathaway would most likely enter into the story (one would think). So is this project something you'd want to see from Chow and Black?

My first reaction is to say never remake a Bruce Lee film but THE WAY OF THE DRAGON was Lee's foray into action-comedy, so Chow and Black would be a good fit for this. Moreover, the film will not be using the original title so hopefully the name Bruce Lee won't even be associated with TAI CHI. Chow is said to be a huge fan of the martial arts and screen legend but I absolutely worshiped the man growing up. Taking Kenpo Karate and Temple Boxing six days a week, I had all of Bruce Lee's training books and The Art of Jeet-Kune Do manual that laid out Lee's own ideal fighting style. I even got in a fight once and tried Lee's controversial "Elephant stance" which unfortunately did not keep me from getting punched in the face, although it did confuse my opponent momentarily. I must have been doing it wrong.

Still, if I could give a word of advice to the team of Chow, Black, and Hathaway I'd say, "Jeet Kune Do-n't do this." (Sorry, I had to. They made me.)

Source: Twitch Film

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