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Baz Luhrmann In Talks To Direct “Kung Fu” Film Adaptation

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“Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann is currently in talks with Legendary Pictures to direct their film adaptation of the ’70s TV series “Kung Fu.”

Legendary Pictures had no comment on Friday about how far along the talks are, but if Luhrmann does get the job he will do a rewrite of the script, originally drafted by John McLaughlin ( “Black Swan,” “Hitchcock”).

The original ABC series, which ran from 1972-75, stared David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West to find his step brother. “Kung Fu” is mostly famous for introducing the phrase “young grasshopper” into popular culture, but the show itself has gained quite the cult following over the decades.

Sources close to the project told the Hollywood Reporter that the current script changes the location of the film to China and has Caine in search of his father, unfortunately ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.

Would Luhrmann’s extravagant, visual style be a good fit for a “Kung Fu” film? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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