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The martial arts star is to get another biopic, kicking off with the story of a real-life fight in the mid-1960s

Bruce Lee is to return to the big screen in an "origins story" which will use a legendary incident in the martial arts icon's life to spin off into action movie territory, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Birth of the Dragon does not appear to be a traditional biopic, but it does begin with a fight which really took place between Lee and the famed Chinese kung fu master Wong Jack Man in San Francisco in 1964, when the city's Chinatown was ruled by triad gangs from Hong Kong. Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen J Rivele's screenplay then transfers into strict fantasy territory as the former combatants team up to battle Chinatown gangsters.

The utilisation of real-life figures as characters in an original story is unusual (if not unheard of) in Hollywood, »

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