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Kung Fu reboot series in the works

Joseph Baxter Oct 2, 2017

Fox is moving forward with a reboot of 1970s series Kung Fu, this time showcasing a female lead and a change of setting...

The template-setting 1970s television series Kung Fu will be the next classic property to go the reboot route. A bidding war amongst networks saw Fox emerge victorious, granting it the rights to revive and update the action-adventure drama, which starred the late David Carradine, this time with a new female hero. Moreover, fans of The CW’s DC comics extended universe shows may welcome the notion, since it will feature the involvement of its continuity godfather, Greg Berlanti.

Fox’s Kung Fu acquisition is a done deal and intriguing plans for the new approach are already in place for a reboot pilot, reports Deadline. Greg Berlanti and his repertory collaborator Wendy Mericle have been tapped as executive producers; an idea that’s fitting, since
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"If It's Not Right, Don't Do It": A Tribute To Western Icon Clint Walker

  • CinemaRetro
By Joe Elliott

Long-time Grass Valley, California resident (Norman Eugene) Clint Walker starred in the iconic television western Cheyenne from 1955-1963. This was the golden era of TV westerns, with dozens of similar shows airing around the same time.

Like their big screen counterparts, TV cowboys were usually handsome, brave, resourceful and of course good with a gun. However, there was something a bit different about the Cheyenne Bodie character as Walker portrayed him. He fit the genre all right. A big, handsome man built like an oak tree (6’6”, 48-inch chest, 32-inch waist), he rode easy in the saddle and looked better than almost anybody in a Stetson and boots. Men who doubted his resolve always ended up regretting it. Ladies looked his way. Still, despite never violating the conventions of the formula, Walker somehow managed to make the sum of his character add up to more than its parts.
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Watch: That Time Ryan Gosling Played Hercules

  • Movies.com
Before he was making men wear leather jackets they have no business wearing, and women wish their men could just be him instead, and men wishing they could also just be him instead, Ryan Gosling was a fresh-faced kid who had graduated from the Mickey Mouse Club to appear in random episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. But when he was 18 all his dreams came true and he finally landed his very own show. It was called Young Hercules, and it was a goofy prequel to the popular adult series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In it, Gosling played the man who would eventually grow up to become Kevin Sorbo. Yep, this kid obviously grew up to look exactly like this guy: The show only lasted one season, but since this was the '90s...

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Baz Luhrmann in talks for Kung Fu remake

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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Showrunner Leaves 'Fringe' In Final Season

This story contains possible spoilers on the final season of "Fringe." It looks like "Fringe" is heading straight back to the future. But they will be doing it without one of the showrunners that helped lead the series through four seasons on Fox. Jeff Pinkner, an executive producer who helped run the show alongside J.H. Wyman since "Fringe" premiered in 2008, is leaving the show, according to TV Guide. Pinkner apparently wanted a jumpstart on life without "Fringe," which will end its storied run after this season, and the split was amicable. That leaves Wyman in the showrunner chair by himself. Wyman is an actor-turned-writer who got his start in the early 1990s as a guest on shows like "Highlander" and "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues" under the name Joel Wyner. He made the jump ...
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Bill Paxton Directing Adaptation of Classic TV Series 'Kung Fu'

  • Fandango
Outside of references in Pulp Fiction and Office Space, most people probably haven't heard of the classic 70's TV series Kung Fu, which starred the late David Carradine. Deadline reports that Bill Paxton has officially begun talks to helm a big-screen adaptation of the series. The series focused a Shaolin monk named Kwai Chang Caine who helped (and fought) others while on a quest to find his half-brother. The series ran from 1972-75, received a TV movie adaptation in the mid-‘80s and spawned a second series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues in the mid-‘90s following an hour-long TV special Kung Fu: the Next Generation. No word on what the plot will be for this big-screen version, although we're sure Caine will look to, as Pulp Fiction's Jules put it,...

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Bill Paxton To Direct Adaptation Of TV Classic Show ‘Kung Fu’

  • Slash Film
Bill Paxton To Direct Adaptation Of TV Classic Show ‘Kung Fu’
Even though the bulk of my Kung Fu knowledge comes from Jules in Pulp Fiction and Peter in Office Space, I still know this is big news. Bill Paxton, star of such films as Twister, Aliens and Titanic and the director Frailty and The Greatest Game Ever Played, is in talks to direct a feature film based on classic 1972 TV show which starred David Carradine. John McLaughlin (Black Swan) will pen the screenplay. More after the jump. Kung Fu is being developed by Legendary East [1], who is also producing Ed Zwick's The Great Wall. The company is a fairly new off-shoot of the popular Legendary Pictures, which produces such massive hits as The Dark Knight and The Hangover. They hope to have the project ready to film in China during Summer 2012. Deadline [2] first broke the news of Paxton's involvement and Variety [3] revealed the screenwriter. The show itself was about
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Exclusive: Robin Dunne Has Found His 'Sanctuary'

Given that Sanctuary is filmed using an ultra-high definition camera, the Vancouver-shot fantasy series seems tailor-made for Blu-ray. It was surprising last year, then, when the First Season came to the home entertainment market only on DVD. Thankfully that has been rectified this week with the release of both Seasons One and Two on Bd. CinemaSpy has a full review of those coming up. In the meantime we are marking the occasion with an interview with one of the show's stars, Robin Dunne.

Dunne plays Will Zimmerman, assistant and protégé to monster hunter Dr Helen Magnus (played by Stargate's Amanda Tapping). Magnus runs the sanctuary of the show's title. The unnaturally old but beautiful scientist uses the sanctuary to study and provide a safe have for so-called abnormals. These are mutant beings who might be seen as threatening by 'normal' humanity.

Sanctuary started life as a short Web series. It
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'Legend of the Seeker' fans: Don't hold out hope

'Legend of the Seeker' fans: Don't hold out hope
Despite a small but rabid fanbase that is actively trying to save the syndicated show,  Legend of the Seeker is still expected to sunset on May 22. A spokeswoman for ABC Studios would not comment, but a source close to the show that's based on Terry Goodkind's fantasy novels said repeats will continue to run through early November but the studio is not expected to produce a third season. Given the current state of costly yet low-rated genre shows (see V, FlashForward), it's unlikely that Legend will find another production home. The show from Hercules/Xena: Warrior Princess producers Sam Raimi
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Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in June 2009

Last month was particularly hard on television lovers. We lost a lot of indelible talent during June. Like their shows, there are a lot of talented people that won't be back in the Fall.

They include David Carradine (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Kung Fu, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Charmed, Medium, Alias, and Jackie Chan Adventures), Ward Costello (The Edge of Night, The Streets of San Francisco, Little House on the Prairie, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Newhart, and General Hospital), Johnny Palermo (Passions, Campus Ladies, Just for Kicks, Everybody Hates Chris, and ER), Michael Roof (Hype and Raising the Roofs), Hal Riddle (Green Acres, The FBI, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Eight is Enough, The Waltons, and Dallas), Ken Roberts (Candid Camera, Love of Life, The Secret Storm, and The Electric Company), Anne Roberts Nelson (I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Gunsmoke, and The
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Kung Fu’s David Carradine is Dead. But What Was He Doing Playing an Asian Man Anyway?

Last week, David Carradine, the star of the 1970s show Kung Fu (and the syndicated 90s spin-off called Kung Fu: The Legend Continues), was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room. Which strikes us as a good time as any to ask: what was David Carradine, a Caucasian actor, doing playing an Asian role -- certainly one of the most high-profile Asian roles of its time, and possibly of all time -- in the first place? Kwai Chang Caine, the mystical, adventuring monk Carradine played in Kung Fu, was actually only half-Asian, the son of a Caucasian man and an Asian woman. But most of the characters on the show responded to him as if he was Asian -- despite the fact that he clearly wasn't. What was that about? It was a sign of the times, Grasshopper. Carradine, who was Emmy-nominated for his sensitive, nuanced performance, was just
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BC Producers Replacing Carradine In Portland

The sudden death of actor David Carradine has the Vancouver-based producers of the film Portland scrambling to fill a major role. The indie film, by writer/director Matthew Mishory, has pushed back its production schedule in Vancouver, Portland and Laguna Beach, Calif. Carradine was to play the role of a priest in the film. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time," said executive producers Adrian Salpeter and Elizabeth Levine of Vancouver-based Random Bench Productions. Carradine died in Bangkok, during production of the feature film Stretch. Carradine appeared in more than 100 feature films and best known for his role as 'Kwai Chang Caine', a Shaolin priest who roamed the American frontier in the TV series Kung Fu, 1972-75. He played Caine's grandson in the 1990's Toronto-lensed syndicated series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and enjoyed renewed success as an actor in director Quentin Tarantino's 2 part Kill Bill features.
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David Carradine Found Dead

TV Legend David Carradine has been found dead. The actor’s large span of roles included his iconic portrayal of Kwai Chang Caine on the show “Kung Fu.” Carradine would go on to play his own grandson in the follow up series “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.” In his later years, Carradine became something of a pop-culture staple appearing on Lizzie McGuire, Danny Phantom, and a Jonas Brothers video, while continuing to appear in pivotal one-off “event” roles in films like Kill Bill - he was Bill - and Crank: High Voltage.

Carradine was in Thailand preparing to shoot a new film and apparently hung himself with the cord that controlled the curtains in his hotel room. So far, no one has come forward with any indication that the 72-year old actor had been suffering from any form of depression or mental illness. An ex-wife, Marina Anderson, was quoted as
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David Carradine: 1936-2009

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David Carradine, best known as the star of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu who also had a wide-ranging career in the movies, has been found dead in the Thai capital, Bangkok. News reports said he was found hanged in his hotel room and was believed to have committed suicide. He was 72.

Since every other obituary is going to mention his role as as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu and the 1990s spinoff Kung Fu: The Legend Continues as the grandson of his original character, and every other genre site is going to mention his role as Frankenstein in the original Death Race and his role as Bill in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, we'd like to take a moment and remember him for a different role-- as Woody Guthrie in the Hal Ashby film Bound For Glory:
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David Carradine Leaves Behind A Great Legacy

with additional reporting by Adam Rosenberg

Few actors get a chance to make lasting impressions on multiple generations the David Carradine did over the course of his career. The “Kung Fu” and “Kill Bill” star passed away in Thailand at the age of 72 while filming a new project. The real magnificence to his work was that, while he could appear in recent comedic roles like Mookoo in “National Lampoon’s Stone Age” or as the ad guru in commercials for Yellow Book, there was always this extensive history for him to build upon. Rather than ever becoming a parody of himself, Carradine carried on throughout his career as a serious, multi-faceted character actor.

He was a movie-lover’s actor, a performer who left an indelible mark on everything he did with adeptly conceived roles in even the campiest environments. Carradine worked with movie giants like Martin Scorsese and Ingmar Bergman,
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Actor David Carradine Found Dead

Actor David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, according to reports. The actor, whose extensive record of on-screen appearances included the movie Kill Bill and the TV show Kung Fu, was apparently found in a closet with a cord around his neck and around parts of his body.

At press-time the circumstances of 72-year-old Carradine's death had not been fully explained. Thai authorities apparently reported it as having occurred either late Wednesday or early Thursday. Some early reports out of Thailand suggest that he hanged himself.

Carradine was in Thailand filming the movie Stretch. His death was described by his personal manager Chuck Binder as "shocking", the BBC reported.

"He was full of life, always wanting to work... a great person," Binder said.

David Carradine was born John Arthur Carradine in 1936 in Hollywood. He was the son of classic movie actor John Carradine. His brother Bruce
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Actor David Carradine Found Dead

According to the Associated Press, actor David Carradine, most known for his role of Caine in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, was found in his Bangkok hotel room, hanged, and was believed to have committed suicide.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy, Michael Turner, confirmed the death of the 72-year-old actor. The Web site of the Thai newspaper The Nation cited unidentified police sources as saying Carradine was found Thursday hanged in his luxury hotel room. It said Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the hotel since Tuesday.

It said a preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room’s curtains. It cited police as saying he had been dead at least 12 hours and there was no sign that he had been assaulted.

A police officer at Bangkok’s Lumpini precinct station would not
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Rip David Carradine

  • Fangoria
The Associated Press has reported that actor David Carradine was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Bangkok, an apparent suicide. Carradine, who was in the Thai city to shoot a movie, was 72.

The actor was discovered by a hotel maid hanged with a curtain cord, and a preliminary police investigation found no signs of foul play. Further details are being withheld out of consideration for his family. Carradine’s long career ranged from the art house to the grindhouse and everything in between, with horror credits including Larry Cohen’s Q, Gary Graver’s Trick Or Treats, Robert Martin Carroll’s Sonny Boy, Anthony Hickox’s Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat (pictured) and Waxwork II: Lost In Time, Fred Olen Ray’s Evil Toons, Ethan Wiley’s Children Of The Corn V: Fields Of Terror, Mitch Marcus’ Knocking On Death’S Door, Mark Lambert Bristol’s The Monster Hunter,
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Actor David Carradine Found Dead In Bangkok

Actor David Carradine has been found dead in a Bangkok Hotel. The 72-year old star of the 1970's TV series Kung Fu and the lead villain in the Kill Bill films was found dead in his hotel room, an apparent suicide. Carradine was in Bangkok to shoot a movie and had been staying at the Swissotel Nai Lert. A preliminary police investigation found that he had hanged himself with a cord used with the room's curtains. Carradine was a leading member of a Hollywood acting family that included his father, character actor John Carradine and brother Keith of Nashville fame. He appeared in more than 100 feature films and best known for his role as 'Kwai Chang Caine', a Shaolin priest who roamed the American frontier in the TV series Kung Fu, 1972-75. He played Caine's grandson in the 1990's Toronto-lensed syndicated series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. Carradine enjoyed renewed
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Kung Fu Master No Longer - R.I.P: David Carradine (1936-2009)

  • Thanks to the golden opportunity of working with maestro Quentin TarantinoQuentin Tarantino
[/link], after Travolta and Grier, he was unofficially the third person to benefit from a career re-boot. Known to a generation of new fans as "Bill" and most recently, as the elder Poon Dong, leader of the Chinese Triad in Crank: High Voltage, it was announced that Kung Fu legend David Carradine of the Carradine clan took away his life. He was 72. He'll have left us with us with tons of memorable midnight watch type of stuff with his roles as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s television series Kung Fu, but Carradine was also seen in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), Bound for Glory (1976) and in Ingmar Bergman's The Serpent's Egg (1977). Here is a more complete bio from the NYTimes...:        Carradine made his directorial debut on a handful of episodes of Kung Fu. Upon leaving the series,
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