Last year Hong Kong comedy filmmaker and Bruce Lee fanatic Stephen Chow walked away from both directing and starring in Seth Rogen’s THE GREEN HORNET redo for unspecified reasons. Now it looks like he may be taking on another Bruce Lee project.
Citing unnamed Hong Kong media reports, Channel News Asia says that Chow will begin shooting a new English-language film called TAI CHI that will feature Hollywood stars Jack Black and Anne Hathaway. The production will apparently begin shooting in the U.S. in June.
TAI CHI is based on Bruce Lee’s film WAY OF THE DRAGON. Chow’s film concerns a Chinese immigrant (Chow) working as a dishwasher in Chinatown while hiding his skills as a tai chi master. When gangsters oppress other local immigrants, the tai chi master comes to their defence. He later starts a martial arts school.
According to the reports, Chow spent close to two years refining the script for the film which repeatedly stalled production and caused Columbia Pictures to pull out of the project, to be replaced by another Hollywood backer.
It’s also stated that Chow has been extremely nervous about making his English-language debut and has been working with a language tutor.
In Bruce Lee’s WAY OF THE DRAGON, Lee played a kung fu master who defended Chinese immigrants in Rome from mobsters. The film climaxed with an unforgettable match between Lee and newcomer Chuck Norris in the Roman Colosseum.
Chow’s genuine affinity for Bruce Lee is well documented. Most of his films feature some homage to the late kung fu star. Chow parodied Lee’s FIST OF FURY in FIST OF FURY 1991.
Chow also appears to have a fondness for tai chi, an internal martial art that he has previously showcased in exaggerated fashion in SHAOLIN SOCCER.
Source: Channel News Asia
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