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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.
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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 »
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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.
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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 »
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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, »
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 »
Universal Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu for several years, although we haven't heard anything about the project since October 2011 when Bill Paxton was attached to direct. The filmmaker is no longer involved, with Universal and Legendary still moving forward in search of a new director.
John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the original draft for this Kung Fu movie, although other writers have worked on the script since then, including Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist).
The studios are trying to find a director before another round of rewrites are ordered, so they can restructure the project with a modern-day setting, instead of the 1800s period seen in the TV series, which starred David Carradine. The story reportedly revolves around a displaced monk who is roaming America in search of his father, facing dangerous enemies along the way. »
Speaking of long dormant big screen remakes of popular '70s television shows , Legendary Pictures seems to be ready to give an infusion to their planned film remake of the '70s show Kung Fu as part of their new deal with Universal Pictures with producers looking for a new director to take on the project. 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" »
One of the world's most celebrated flamenco guitarists
The fame and influence of the guitarist Paco de Lucía, who has died aged 66 from a suspected heart attack, reached far beyond the intense and sometimes enclosed world of Spanish flamenco. His musical role in Carlos Saura's Carmen (1983) was as arresting in its way as the first glimpse of Laura del Sol, the film's luminous lead. The director-choreographer Saura cleverly reinvented the opera as a contemporary fable while retaining the original's elements of passion, possession, jealousy and obsession. De Lucía's interpretation respectfully returned Bizet's score – a French fantasy of Spain – to its Moorish antecedents. He also gave Carmen's timeless melodies a fresh, international appeal that chimed with the movie's arthouse success.
De Lucía had begun to broaden his horizons in the late 1960s, on teaming up with the charismatic young singer Camarón de la Isla. Their partnership yielded many »
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