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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Training Day/Brooklyn’s Finest helmer Antoine Fuqua is set to direct a Tupac Shakur biopic titled Tupac, which will go into production in late Spring/early Summer 2011. The film will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and is currently being cast. Here is how Morgan Creek describes the story:

The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war.

Morgan Creek quotes Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur-Davis as giving her blessing to the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures in North America. The screenplay was written by Steve Bagatourian (American Gun), and the writing team of Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson (Nixon, Ali, Moneyball). Read the full press release after the jump.

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