Latino Review is reporting a scoop that Warner Independent Pictures is doing a “noir-style remake” of the Bruce Lee-classic Enter the Dragon, starring Korean pop star Rain (see also: Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin).
“The Shield” exec producer Kurt Sutter said he’s writing “Awaken the Dragon” as a contemporized drama about a lone FBI agent who pursues a rogue Shaolin monk into the bloody world of underground martial arts fight clubs.
Aw, crap. Cam Gigandet’s going to be in this, isn’t he.
“I’m a huge noir fan, and this plot lends itself to the film I want to make,” Sutter said. “I wanted to set it in these underground fight clubs where the action is really raw and expose the brutality of Shaolin Kung fu. This will be more ‘Raging Bull’ than ‘Crouching Tiger’ in its viciousness.”
Huh. The raw brutality of kung fu, eh? I thought the whole kung fu mystique (at least, the mystique of actual kung fu, not the crazy wire-fighting stuff) had been broken when they started having actual martial arts fights, and the kung fu guys won approximately… never. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be wanking dismissively using only my chi.
Also, I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t include this picture of Rain. It’s a Raingel!