A film adaptation of the classic 1972 martial arts series Kung Fu is on the way.
Universal Pictures has landed the rights to adapt the series and have selected their action-oriented director: David Leitch, who co-directed John Wick and directed Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, and last year’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The show’s co-creator, Ed Spielman, is on board as an executive producer. Deadline broke the news, reporting that the studio is expected to find a writer very soon.
The original 3-season series starred David Carradine (Kill Bill) as Shaolin Monk Kwai Chang Caine. After fleeing China following the murder of his master, he wanders America’s Old West, helping those in need and taking on the assassins sent to kill him. Carradine reprised the role a number of times, including a spinoff series and two TV movies.
Bruce Lee was actually considered for the lead role in Kung Fu before it went to Carradine. Interestingly, Lee’s widow, Linda Lee Cadwell, claimed he was the one who came up with the concept for the series and that Warner Bros. had stolen it from him.
With a resume of successful action films, Leitch should be the perfect choice for this redo. He’s got another martial arts remake in the works with Enter the Dragon, a remake of the Bruce Lee ’73 classic. That one’s set up at Warner Bros.