With Big Love done and gone, series star Bill Paxton is finally free to pursue his other career as a kick-ass feature film director. With Frailty he proved his mettle as a thoughtful, creepy horror filmmaker. With The Greatest Game Ever Played he nailed the feel-good Disney underdog story. Now he may be settling into his first action movie: an adaptation of the cult 1970s TV series Kung Fu.
Kung Fu is a somewhat important cultural milestone, bringing martial arts into the homes of Americans everywhere back in the 1970s, when kung fu itself was still relatively alien to the western world. The series starred a young David Carradine as a Shaolin monk named Kwai Chang Caine, who wandered the American west seeking his long-lost brother, and pursuing peace in every episode before finally being forced to unleash whupass upon his enemies. The series was originally developed as a starring vehicle for Bruce Lee before network executives decided that Americans wouldn't want to watch a Chinese hero. This was a year before Enter the Dragon came out. We imagine that, when it did, the echo of those same executives slapping themselves could be heard all the way up and down the west coast.
Deadline reports that Paxton is in talks to direct the film for Legendary Entertainment, from a screenplay by John McLaughlin. You may recognize McLaughlin as the screenwriter of last year's award-winning drama Black Swan, the upcoming Jason Statham thriller Parker, and, of course… Man of the House, the movie which found Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones moving in with hot nubile teenagers.
"You girls thinking what I'm thinking…?"
No word yet on whether this version of Kung Fu will star another white guy, but we suspect it probably will out of "faithfulness."
CraveOnline will return with more Kung Fu news as the legend continues…