Bill Paxton Set To Direct Big Screen Version Of Kung Fu

Guess Who's coming to the big screen, Grasshopper?By Mark Cassidy, Source: Comic Book Movie.com

No, not the Marvel comics character Shang-Chi, but a movie version of the ’70s Tv show which starred David Carradine and also had a comic book series. Deadline has the details..
I’m sure any CBMer of a certain age, or even those wise enough to catch some re-runs, remember the Kung Fu Tv series fondly. It starred the late David Carradine as a Shaolin Monk possessed of great martial arts skills as he wanders the American wild west in search of his brother, adventure and enlightenment. It was pretty damn awesome. And now Legendary Entertainment are bringing us a big screen version with none other than Hudson himself at the helm..

Bill Paxton is in talks to direct Kung Fu, a screen adaptation of the classic 1972 TV series that starred David Carradine. Paxton, who’s coming off a run in the HBO series Big Love, gets the job after helming two solid films: Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played. John McLaughlin will write the script.

It will be nice to see ol Grasshopper up there on the cinema screen. Kung Fu was originally conceived as a vehicle for Bruce Lee but the studio decided to go with a “less Asian” looking actor for the lead. A less Asian, Asian character. So Carradine was chosen. The show ran for three seasons between 1972 and 1975, spawning a movie in 1986 as well as novels, comics and several spin-off series, the latest of which was Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. What do you guys make of this, and Paxton as director?

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