Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Casting someone to play legendary martial artist Bruce Lee isn’t like recasting Captain Kirk or James Bond. This guy isn’t just a cinematic persona that a new actor can try on like a suit – he was a real-deal badass whose cinematic persona was built around the fact that he could take down every last challenger in the room.
So best of luck to Hong Kong-born actor Philip Ng, who has been officially cast in the Bruce Lee not-quite-a-biopic Birth of the Dragon, which is about to begin filming under the direction of The Adjustment Bureau‘s George Nolfi.
Hit the jump for more on the Philip Ng Bruce Lee casting.
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Director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious series, True Detective season 2) is taking inspiration from the writings and concepts of Bruce Lee to create a new TV show. Warrior is being developed for Cinemax based on notes Lee put together for a TV series he never got to develop properly before his untimely death at age 32. Read More »
When new info about Ip Man 3 arrived a few days ago, the big surprise wasn’t that Mike Tyson would play a significant role in the film, but that producers planned to feature the late Bruce Lee via a CG recreation of the martial artist and actor. We’d heard that a stalled deal with Lee’s estate had prevented the icon from appearing in Ip Man 2, and assumed this plan meant that things had been worked out with the estate.
In fact, that’s not at all the case. Now, using the legal equivalent of the one-inch punch, Bruce Lee Enterprises (BLE) is suing the producers of Ip Man 3 to prevent the CG Bruce Lee plan from coming to fruition. Read More »
The first two Ip Man films are quite good, but the third, which is just starting to go into production, is already starting to sound like it features some odd decisions. Not only will Mike Tyson show up in a significant role in Ip Man 3, but the producers of the film are resorting to visual effects to revive one of the title character’s most famous students.
This third chapter in the story of the martial artist who ended up teaching the late Bruce Lee will finally feature Lee himself. (OK, Lee appeared as a child at the very end of Ip Man 2.) But while the people behind Ip Man 3 tried to find someone who could play a young version of Lee in the movie, they failed to do so. So they’re just going to use a CG Bruce Lee instead. Read More »
The Bruce Lee biopic called Birth of the Dragon has been in development for a little over a year and now just nabbed a very interesting director. George Nolfi, who wrote and directed The Adjustment Bureau and also wrote Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, will direct the film. Birth of the Dragon uses the story of Lee’s real-life fight with a most famous Kung Fu master as a jump off to tell his rise to international superstardom. Read More »
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Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.
Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.
Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.
Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27. Read More »
More than one version of Bruce Lee‘s life story has hit the screen, with the most notable dramatized biopic being Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, starring Jason Scott Lee. (There is no relation between the men, despite the common name.)
Now QED International and banner Groundswell Productions plan to re-tell the “origin story” (gag) of Lee through a new film, Birth of the Dragon. The movie will be written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele (Nixon, Ali). The term “origin story” is used in part, it seems, to indicate that this is more like an action film inspired by Lee’s life than an account of his history that is meant to be close to reality. This will be no straight biopic, but something more like Ip Man with a lot more action.
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Documentary filmmaker Pete McCormack (Facing Ali) has made a new doc about the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, which will show up in a limited theatrical engagement starting February 9. The film, I Am Bruce Lee, features clips from Lee’s films and his few filmed interviews, and is bolstered by a host of celebrity Bruce Lee admirers. Check out a trailer for the doc below. Read More »
There’s always a serious cachet to making a film based on a ‘lost’ story or treatment from a deceased talent. For example, we’ve just been talking about Lunatic at Large, which will be based on a long treatment Jim Thompson wrote for Stanley Kubrick.
Today an old Bruce Lee story is coming back to light. In the late ’60s Lee wrote The Silent Flute, which he conceived with James Coburn (envisioned as Lee’s co-star for the film) and Stirling Silliphant, before it went by the wayside prior to Lee’s death. Now producer Paul Maslansky wants to mount the story as a new martial arts film. Read More »