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Maleficent: Disney has released more than a dozen new photos from the upcoming Maleficent, due out in theaters on May 30. In our two favorite images, Angelina Jolie looks quite menacing as the titular character, who eventually gives in to the dark side. [Coming Soon] Kung Fu: Baz Luhrmann, who last adapted F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby for the big screen, is turning to decidedly different source material. He is in talks to direct Kung Fu, based in the 1970s TV show that starred David Carradine as Caine, a half-Chinese, half-American martial artist who wandered the wild, wild West in the 19th century. The new version would be set in China with the lead character in search of his father. [Heat Vision] Allegiant: Following the pattern...
- Peter Martin
As you may or may not have heard Baz Luhrmann has been in the news again this week. 2013 was another big year for him with The Great Gatsby exceeding expectations (financially). The buzz on Baz hasn't quieted in this new year. On March 2nd, his wife Catherine Martin won another pair of Oscars to match her Moulin Rouge! statues and new collaborations for the Bazmark spouses are on the way.
First up is the stage musical adaptation of his breakthrough debut hit Strictly Ballroom (1992). The Guardian featured him a few days ago -- the video is more of a commercial for the show really than a true interview but there are clips from the show and Baz statements worth parsing.
I was 29 for the film. In the back of my mind I always thought 'it's got to be a musical'. I thought 'God, I hope I don't end up 40 and I'm doing Strictly Ballroom musical. »
- NATHANIEL R
Baz Luhrmann has hopped between genres in his career, though he’s usually maintained some blend of period romance and music for the likes of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia and last year’s The Great Gatsby. But if he takes on a new job for Legendary Pictures, we could be in for a very different Luhrmann movie, as he’s in talks to make Kung Fu.Legendary has been trying to turn the 1970s David Carradine-starring show into a film for years now. When it last kicked our news radar, word was that Bill Paxton might be picking up the megaphone to get it made. It would seem that that didn’t work out and now Luhrmann is considering the idea. The Hollywood Reporter cautions that it’s unclear how far the talks have progressed: for all we know, Luhrmann is simply chewing over the notion.If he does go ahead, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Baz Luhrmann – director of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rogue! and The Great Gatsby – has entered talks with Legendary Pictures with regards to helming the upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic 1970s TV series Kung Fu. Should he finalise a deal, it’s said he’ll also rewrite the script, which has been penned by John McLaughlin (Black Swan).
Premiering in 1972 with a full length TV movie, Kung Fu starred David Carradine (Kill Bill) as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk travelling through the American Old West in search of his half brother. The series ran until 1975, with a total of 63 episodes, and was followed by the TV features Kung Fu: The Movie (1986) and Kung Fu: The Next Generation (1987), along with a spin-off series entitled Kung Fu: The Legend Continues between 1993 and 1997.
- Gary Collinson
Baz Luhrmann may direct Kung Fu. Baz Luhrmann is in contention to direct the TV-to-film adaptation of Kung Fu, the 70′s TV show that starred the late David Carradine. On the people behind the film: [The film is a] Legendary Pictures’ big-screen adaptation…The current script is by Black Swan scribe John [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Now this is a curious combination as THR reports Baz Luhrmann of all people is in talks to direct Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures. The project is a big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show that starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half brother. The show featured flashbacks to Caine's training as a teen in which his master called him "young grasshopper." THR reports a source saying the current script, written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan), switches the action to China and finds Caine in search of his father -- at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive. Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes (xXx) have written previous drafts of the screenplay and Bill Paxton was, at one time, attached to direct back in 2011. Luhrmann will do »
- Brad Brevet
Joining us for the 20th episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast is director Frank Pavich, here to discuss his incredible, hit documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. We discuss the film, the enigma of Jodorowsky, alternate timelines and so much more. Pavich shares fascinating stories about first meeting the legendary Jodorowsky, H.R. Giger and Michel Seydoux. From Jodorowsky’s Paris apartment and Giger’s museum to Cannes, Pavich takes us on a journey through the creation of the documentary, and what could have been if Jodorowsky’s visionary epic made it to the big screen. With names like David Carradine, Orson Welles, Dali, Pink Floyd and Mick Jagger attached to Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Dune, the doc is full of fascinating casting stories and a visual tour through a unique vision in film. Give a listen, and don’t forget to share your reviews of Hey You Geeks on iTunes!
- Tony Nunes
Legendary Pictures is producing a feature film adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show starring David Carradine.
Luhrmann is in the midst of negotiating a deal, which would stipulate that he'd be able to rewrite the movie's script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The original show, which aired from 1972 to 1975, featured Carradine as a shaolin monk who travels to the American West in search of a lost brother.
Sources suggest the remake will take place in China, with the lead character searching for his father and serving time in prison.
Australian director Luhrmann is known for his work on Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet.
It is unclear how far along the talks are. Legendary had no comment, but the company is beginning to ramp up its Chinese-centric projects again (Yimou Zhang is in talks to revive the company's adventure movie The Great Wall) and Kung Fu has Chinese roots.
If a deal is made, Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on the script before proceeding.
- Rahul Kapoor
Marvel In less than four months, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will make a big about-face from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, its most grounded superhero property, to its first non-Avengers experiment, the out-of-this world space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy. Despite its imminent (in cinematic terms) arrival in theaters, director James Gunn (Super) has just gone back into production to film additional footage for the movie. Actress Zoe Saldana, who plays the green-skinned Guardian Gamora, revealed the news when she tweeted a photo (above) of herself squaring off against co-star Karen Gillan, who plays the villainous Nebula, with the caption: "@KarenGillan2 and I rehearsing our extended fight scene! #gamora and #nebula r gonna kick e\o's butts! #Gotg."
One of the big questions about Guardians of the Galaxy has been how or if the movie will connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. Speculation that it would tie in to »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Kung Fu was a massive hit on television back in the 1970s. It starred Kill Bill star David Carradine as a monk named Kwai Chang Caine, who ‘walked the earth’ literally kicking butt using some pretty decent kung fu moves. Now it looks like Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann is looking to bring it to the big screen.
The filmmaker is in talks to direct the film, which previously had actor-turned-director Bill Paxton attached.
Luhrmann doesn’t seem the obvious choice for a Kung Fu movie, but it’s certainly an interesting one.
- Paul Heath
This is kind of weird, you guys, but Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of the ’70s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu for Legendary Pictures. Apparently the production company is eager to amp up their Chinese street cred, so they’re looking to move forward with this and are also in talks with with Zhang Yimou to revive The Great Wall. If they can make a deal, Luhrmann will do a rewrite of the script by Rich Wilkes (XXX).
Kung Fu was about “the adventures of a Shaolin Monk as he wanders the American West armed only with his skill in Kung Fu.” It starred David Carradine and popularized the nickname “young grasshopper,” which is what his mentor called him. This adaptation moves the action to 19th Century China, which makes it less of a Western, I suppose. In this new iteration the main character, »
- Mily Dunbar
The Hollywood Reporter reports Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct Kung Fu, an adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western TV show. Running from 1972 to 1975, it starred David Carradine as a half-American, half-Chinese orphan who is trained at a Shaolin monastery to become a martial arts master and eventually moves to America to fight for justice and the little guy. No word on whether in Baz's version, the protagonist will train by trying to kick slow-motion falling shirts. »
- Jesse David Fox
If a deal is made, his first order of business will be to rewrite the script, which was most recently worked on by Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist), although it isn't clear how far along the negotiations are at this stage. Bill Paxton was once attached to direct back in October 2011. Other writers who have worked on the script include John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18).
The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the countryside of America, searching for his long lost half-brother. The show, which aired from 1972 to 1975 on ABC, featured flashbacks to his days in training, where he was called "young grasshopper by his master, »
Wait - does that sound right? Baz Luhrmann and Kung Fu? Well, this is certainly something interesting to talk about. THR is reporting that Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is now in talks to direct a big screen reboot, or a re-adaptation, of the 1970s martial arts western TV show Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine. Luhrmann most recently brought an extravagant, music-filled adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen last summer, and it sounds like this may be next for him at Legendary Pictures if things come together. It isn't finalized yet, but could be a fun chance for Luhrmann to branch out. The project, with no other title other than Kung Fu so far, comes with a script by Rich Wilkes (of Airheads, xXx Trilogy, Punk Like Me, Iron Fist). In development at Legendary Pictures, the "big-screen adaptation" is one of the many projects they've launched that involves, »
- Alex Billington
It's important to keep your audience on their toes. And while there are few filmmakers who make films as unmistakable as Baz Luhrmann, you can't say he's made the same movie twice. He's coming off his biggest success with The Great Gatsby, which grossed $351 million worldwide, and now he's going to... direct a big screen adaptation of the show Kung Fu. Yeah, you didn't see That coming. THR reports that Luhrmann is in negotiations to re-write and direct the project, currently set up at Legendary Pictures. Kung Fu, for the younger kids in the audience, ran on ABC from '72-'75, and it featured David Carradine as a Shaolin monk who came to the states searching for his long-lost brother, walking from town to town solving problems. The new version features Caine traveling to China searching for his father, with Caine ending up in a prison where he must fight »
In an unexpected pairing, "Moulin Rouge" and "The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann is reportedly in talks to direct the film adaptation of the famous 1970s martial arts TV series "Kung Fu" for Legendary Pictures.
David Carradine starred in the ABC original as a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. Flashbacks showed his training as a teen in which his master referred to him as "young grasshopper".
The current script reportedly switches the action to China and sees the character go in search of his father - at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.
Rich Wilkes ("XXX") penned the script which Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on if the deal goes forward.
The project marks a welcome departure for Luhrmann, the Australian director known for his lavish production values and highly stylized filmmaking tackling a »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has a penchant for displays of extravagance, and now it looks like he might next be putting his talents towards a martial arts Western adaptation of a popular TV show. THR reports that the Great Gatsby director is in talks to helm an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, which starred David Carradine and revolved around a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. Legendary Pictures is producing the effort, and the 19th Century-set feature would certainly make for an ambitious challenge for Luhrmann. The director has yet to tackle an action-oriented pic, opting instead for the operatic or theatrical with films like Moulin Rouge! and Australia. Hit the jump for more on the Kung Fu movie adaptation, including how the film will differ from the TV series. Per THR, this new Kung Fu iteration would move the action »
- Adam Chitwood
When Baz Luhrmann announced he would be making a 3D version of The Great Gatsby, I didn't bat an eye. After seeing the director take Romeo + Juliet and translate it to a world of gang-bangers and gunplay, I was ready for anything. So the news that he may next helm a big budget adaptation of the classic David Carradine TV series Kung Fu doesn't shock me in the least. Kung Fu is being produced by Legendary Pictures who had no comment on The Hollywood Reporter news that Luhrmann may join the »
- Alex Maidy
Following word last week that Legendary and Universal Pictures are moving forward with a big screen adaptation of the '70s television series Kung Fu comes world, via The Hollywood Reporter , that Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct. The TV series, set in the Old West during the 19th Century, starred David Carradine as a monk traveling across America looking for his father facing all sorts of foes using his martial arts. It ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975 with Bill Paxton previously set to direct a movie based on a script by John McLaughlin. Other writers who have come and gone on the project include Cory Goodman ( Priest ) and Rich Wilkes, who is involved with writing Marvel's upcoming "Iron Fist" show for Netflix. Luhrmann, best known for spectacle-laden projects like »
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