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Re: Bruce Lee... Still The Best

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Re: Enter the Dragon

Postby TheButcher on Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:13 am

From Movies Now:
John Saxon, Hollywood cool guy, remembers his 'Dragon' days
The veteran actor has scores of movies and shows under his belt, but the Bruce Lee classic 'Enter the Dragon,' which screens this week, is one of his favorites.
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'Bruceploitation'

Postby TheButcher on Wed Feb 20, 2013 4:08 am

The Clones of Bruce Lee:
Lee Holmes wrote:A website dedicated to Bruce Lee exploitation cinema, or 'Bruceploitation' as it has become to be known. This sub-genre was born following the death of the legendary Bruce Lee in 1973.

Bruce Lee became an overnight sensation in the early 1970's, turning from a struggling actor in America to become the biggest Chinese action star the world would ever see. His unique brand of martial arts and on-screen charisma captivated audiences but after completing only four movies, Lee's sudden death shocked the entire Hong Kong film Industry and left film makers desperate to find a replacement to fill the shoes of the late martial arts master.

While fans were still mourning the death of their legendary screen hero, movie producers hit upon the idea of using actors who had facial resemblance, and could copy his fighting movements to cash-in on the demand for more Bruce Lee.

Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of Bruce Lee exploitation cinema came from Golden Harvest, the studio behind all the Bruce Lee movies. The company decided to attempt to complete an unfinished project that Bruce had began working on before his death.

However, the production of Game of Death was plagued with problems from the start. Not only was the leading star no longer around, but they were also faced with the increasing amount of Bruce-alike actors and movies that had used Bruce's ideas that had leaked out since his death.

The finished film was completed and released in 1978, cobbled together by using the footage Lee had shot and from his previous movies, as well as using three doubles to stand-in for Bruce.

Rival studio Shaw Brothers also dealt out their own piece of 'Bruceploitation' in 1975's Bruce Lee and I, co-starring Betty Ting-Pei, the real life mistress of Bruce, and told of the final days leading to his death.

Scores of films went into production detailing aspects of Lee's life and death, often fictionalised or taken from tabloid rumour. Sequels and remakes of Bruce's own completed films were also a popular choice with the exploitive filmmakers.

The criteria wasn't very strict, as long as the actor had a vague resemblance to Bruce Lee, then he could get a chance to make the move to leading man. A variety of actors and former stuntmen, often using a host of pseudonym names, and even co-stars from Bruce's movies, all tried to gain fame in the search to find the 'next Bruce Lee'.


From MTV Jun 23 2006:
Bruce Lee Back On The Big Screen In 'Tokyo Drift' Director's Comedy
Justin Lin tackling legend's controversial 'Game of Death.'
Larry Carroll wrote:Since his premature death, he has become idolized to the point where he's mentioned in the same breath as cinematic icons like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

His name has become shorthand for athletic prowess, self-discipline and the always-desirable quality of being, quite simply, a bad ass. He is Bruce Lee, and filmmaker Justin Lin is determined to see him rise again — sort of.

The 33-year-old Sundance sensation-turned-"The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" hitmaker is lifting the veil on a previously top-secret project that could be described as an unofficial sequel to a disrespectful film that bombed nearly 28 years ago. If that doesn't already sound like one of the most bizarre follow-ups in movie history, get this: It's a comedy.

"It's called 'Finishing the Game,' " Lin said of the flick,




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Re: Bruce Lee Begins!

Postby TheButcher on Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:11 am

Bruce Lee Origin Story Heading to Big Screen
Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, whose credits include "Nixon" and "Ali," have been hired to write the script.
Borys Kit wrote:QED International and banner Groundswell Productions are aiming to tell a Bruce Lee origin story with Birth of the Dragon, tapping scribes Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele to pen the tale.

Dragon, according to QED and Groundswell, is inspired by the true-life duel between Lee and Wong Jack Man, who was China’s most famous kung fu Master. The no-rules fight took place in San Francisco in 1965, when the city’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong triads.

The writers are using this true event as a jumping-off point for a wider-canvas action movie in which Wong and Lee team up to battle a band of Chinatown gangsters.

QED CEO Bill Block and Groundswell’s Michael London will produce the project along with Wilkinson and Rivele. Groundswell’s Kelly Mullen will exec produce.


"Stephen Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have taken a little-known chapter in the life of Bruce Lee and used it as a jumping-off point for a bold, exciting story about the making of an international legend,” said London in a statement.

Wilkinson and Rivele are best known for their biopic work. The duo’s credits include Nixon, the 1995 drama directed by Oliver Stone that netted them an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and 2001's Ali, directed by Michael Mann. They also wrote Mercury, the story of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, which is set up at GK Films with Sacha Baron Cohen to star.
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Re: Enter the Dragon

Postby TheButcher on Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Enter the Dragon Filmmakers Reflect on Bruce Lee’s Most Famous Role
Todd Gilchrist wrote:Spinoff: When you embarked on this, what were your ambitions with Enter the Dragon?

Producer Fred Weintraub: To make money. I mean, that’s what we do in the movie business. But when we do it, we cloud it with creativity. We want show that we’re very creative.
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Re: Bruce Lee... Still The Best

Postby TheButcher on Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:13 am

Deadline 07/13/2013:
Bruce Lee TV Project Due From Justin Lin & Bruno Wu’s Perfect Storm
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Having launched a TV division in April, Perfect Storm Entertainment has found its first project for the small screen – and it comes from the pen of Bruce Lee. Fast & The Furious 6 director Justin Lin and Seven Stars Studios’ Bruno Wu’s joint venture has partnered with Bruce Lee Enterprises for a TV series based on material written by the iconic Enter The Bruce Lee TV Series Justin LinDragon actor.


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Bruce Lee Script Treatment ‘The Silent Flute’ Gets New Life
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Re: Bruce Lee... Still The Best

Postby TheButcher on Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:04 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct 'Kung Fu' for Legendary
The project is the big-screen version of the 1970s martial arts Western.
Borys Kit wrote:Baz Luhrmann could be going from the Roaring Twenties to 19th century China.

The Australian filmmaker behind The Great Gatsby is in talks to direct Kung Fu, Legendary Pictures’ big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show. It is unclear how far along the talks are. Legendary had no comment, but the company is beginning to ramp up its Chinese-centric projects again (Zhang Yimou is in talks to revive the company's adventure movie The Great Wall) and Kung Fu has Chinese roots.

If a deal is made, Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on the script (the current script is by XXX scribe Rich Wilkes) before proceeding.

Kung Fu starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half-brother. The show featured flashbacks to his training as a teen in which his master called him “young grasshopper,” a phrase that has stuck in the pop culture lexicon. The show aired on ABC from 1972 to 1975 and gained a cult following beyond its run.

According to sources, the current script switches the action to China, sees Caine go in search of his father -- at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.

Luhrmann would bring his own signature sensibility to the martial arts Western. The filmmaker is known for elaborate productions and highly stylized storytelling -- seen not only in the opulent Gatsby but in productions ranging from Moulin Rouge! to Strictly Ballroom.
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Re: Bruce Lee Begins!

Postby TheButcher on Sat May 31, 2014 3:20 pm

Bruce Lee Biopic Draws ‘Adjustment Bureau’ Director (EXCLUSIVE)
“The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi has come on board to helm Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” for Groundswell Productions and QED International.
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Re: Bruce Lee... Still The Best

Postby TheButcher on Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:02 pm

Bruce Lee Family Plans New Film Biopic
Mike Fleming Jr wrote:EXCLUSIVE:
Bruce Lee, who became pound for pound the best action hero Hollywood has ever produced even though he died at age 32 when he was just getting started, is such an iconic figure that when his daughter Shannon held meetings with prospective Chinese production partners on a biopic, she was told that when it came to revered Chinese cultural heroes, her father was right up there with Confucius.

Given Hollywood’s hot pursuit of projects that can draw a vast audience in China, here’s one that might find traction. Shannon Lee, who was four when her father died but with mom Linda Lee has helped keep his legacy alive, has partnered with Last Vegas producer Lawrence Grey, Ben Everard and veteran producer Janet Yang to mount what they call the definitive biographical film on Lee. Now, you might say that everybody with a yellow belt has seen Lee’s movies, worn the T-shirts, hung the posters in their bedrooms and brained themselves trying to navigate his signature weapon, the nunchuks. And there was a feature film about his life, the 1993 Universal pic Dragon. But Shannon said there is plenty of ground uncovered, and voluminous writings by the man to fuel a new movie to enlighten a new generation to Lee’s trailblazing accomplishments and his evolution from a brawling student to a teacher of sophisticated philosophies and his own martial art form.

“There have been projects out there involving my father, but they’ve lacked a complete understanding of his philosophies and artistry,” Lee said. “They haven’t captured the essence of his beliefs in martial arts or storytelling. The only way to get audiences to understand the depth and uniqueness of my father is to generate our own material and find amazing like-minded partners to work with…many don’t know that Bruce Lee was also a prolific writer and a creator of his own unique art and philosophy. That’s what we want to show, not just his kick-ass physicality, but the depth of his character and beliefs.”

This is the latest venture from Bruce Lee Entertainment, which launched last year with several projects that include a TV series based on an original idea and materials by Bruce Lee with Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, and a reality based show that will be launched in China by John Wick producers Keanu Reeves and Stephen Hamel of Company Films. There is also a series of novels based on the writings that Lee left behind, a comic book series and a successful mobile game launch, Bruce Lee: Enter The Game.

Grey said they are self-financing development. “We will bring on a world class filmmaker and writer, who’ll work with Shannon and myself and then we will talk to American and foreign partners,” he said. Yang will help with the latter. “It is a tremendous privilege to be working with Shannon on these exciting ventures about her father,” Yang said. “In this age of an increasingly globalized culture, I can’t think of a more talented and innovative individual who embodies the best of East and West, and who can inspire future generations,” she said.

According to Lee, much of the focus will be the intellectual approach that Lee brought to overcoming obstacles, and forming his own martial arts style, Jeet Kune Do. Those obstacles ranged from being told not to teach the art to non-Asians, to the difficulties he had getting work onscreen despite his movie star looks and unparalleled skills. He broke ground playing the sidekick on The Green Hornet, but was denied the role he really wanted, after creating the template for the series Kung-Fu. He not only watched the lead role go to white actor David Carradine, but he also was denied credit of any kind. There were just simply no Asians carrying series or movies. Lee was finally convinced by his close friend and student James Coburn to return to Hong Kong and make movies there. It was perhaps the best advice he ever got because he became a global star overnight.

“It’s hard to imagine it now, but when he made those films with Golden Harvest, they filmed without sound, and added that later, based on whatever language they were catering to,” Lee said. “The city was very noisy and it was just easier.” After early Lee films The Big Boss and Fist of Fury became hits, Warner Bros partnered with Golden Harvest to make the epic Enter The Dragon, the first one of his Lee’s filmed with sound. It was an outsized success, but Lee died not long after, while filming Game Of Death.

“In hundreds of years, how many people created their own martial art, something he used to break tradition because he believed in humanity and that the world was one brotherhood,” Lee said. “His approach to business an nutrition was revolutionary, mixing Eastern and Western philosophies. My father wrote thousands of pages of thoughts on his life. They based Dragon on a book my mom wrote in the 70s, but they didn’t work in partnership with us to create that film and it didn’t have the depth or essence of my father that it might have. There is a lot that hasn’t been told yet, and many lessons that deserve to live on.”

As for China, the pump was primed by The Legend Of Bruce Lee, a Mandarin language TV series that spanned 50 one hour episodes. Bruce Lee Entertainment is being repped by UTA.
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Re: Enter the Dragon

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Re: Steve McKee... Still The Best

Postby TheButcher on Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:13 am

Bruce Lee VS Wong Jack Man (Birth of a Dragon) 2016 Trailer


Variety:
Toronto Film Review: ‘Birth of the Dragon’
You might assume that the film’s central character would be, you know, Bruce Lee. But you’d be wrong. It’s Steve McKee!
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Re: Dan Inosanto & The Cowboys

Postby TheButcher on Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:40 am

Bruce Lee Protege, Who Helped Cowboys Win Super Bowl, to Get Film Treatment (Exclusive)
The Mark Gordon Company is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, the protege of martial arts master Bruce Lee.
Borys Kit wrote:A little-known true-life martial arts story is on the path to the big screen.

The Mark Gordon Company, the veteran production banner whose credits range from Saving Private Ryan to the upcoming remake of Murder on the Orient Express, is developing the story of Dan Inosanto, the protege of martial arts master Bruce Lee.

Inosanto was a key instrument in a secret training program that led the 1976 Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl XII.

Jeremy Gough wrote the script that was picked up by MGC, which also picked up the life rights to Inosanto.

MGC’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the film along with Diana Lee Inosanto, Inosanto’s daughter and Lee’s goddaughter. Tarik Heitmann is also producing.

Sam Sleiman, Ron Balicki and Adam Goldworm will executive produce.

Inosanto was Lee’s teacher, training partner and protege who ran and taught his trainings. He, like Lee, also made inroads into movies and Hollywood, appearing in films but also reportedly over the decades instructing notables such as Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Ricky Nelson.

In the mid-1970s, a conditioning coach named Dr. Bob Ward created a stealth program that involved then up-and-coming linesman Randy White, with Inosanto being the key ingredient in the training. Inosanto’s involvement is said to have been key to the Cowboys’ success on the road to the Super Bowl. (Incidentally, 1976 seems to be a magic year for the setting of inspirational sports movies, as Rocky and Mark Wahlberg's Invincible are set in those years.)

Gough is a Texan and lifelong Cowboys fan who recently penned the screenplay for the thriller feature A Forest of Mirrors. He is repped by Paradigm, Aperture Entertainment, and Stone Genow.

MGC’s Joanne Lee will oversee the project on behalf of the company.

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