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Wu-Tang Clan leader turned actor to helm film about life of Mongol emperor, based on a script by John Milius

RZA is to follow his directing debut The Man with the Iron Fists with a biopic of the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The rapper, producer and actor will be working from a screenplay by John Milius, the writer and director of 1982 fantasy epic Conan the Barbarian (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is also known for his work on Apocalypse Now and Dirty Harry. Milius, a colourful Hollywood character who was the inspiration for John Goodman's unhinged Vietnam veteran Walter Sobchak in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, has been trying to get the project off the ground for several years and was at one point lined up to direct.

Khan's empire lasted a century and a half and eventually covered nearly a quarter of the Earth. »

- Ben Child

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