Bill Paxton May Direct Kung Fu: The Movie

Bill PaxtonBill Paxton, he of the James Cameron movies and the guy most people mistaken for Bill Pullman and vice versa, is in talks to direct the big-screen adaptation of the TV show “Kung Fu” for Legendary Entertainment.

Paxton, who is no stranger to feature film directing (he directed the surprisingly good “Frailty” in 2001 and the golfing movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played” in 2005), would helm the big screen version of the 1970s TV show from a script by John McLaughlin (“Black Swan”).

Paxton is the third director attached to the movie. Max Makowski surfaced as a candidate back in 2007, and a few months before that, the Hughes Brothers were supposed to direct.

Said to have originally been conceived by Bruce Lee before it was absconded by Warner Bros., “Kung Fu” the TV show ran for three seasons and starred David Carradine as a slow-moving, slow-talking Shaolin monk hiding out in the American Wild West for a crime back home that he did not commit. While dodging Chinese assassins, our hero also wanders the American landscape battling racists, gunfighters, and your usual assortment of Wild West-era evildoers.

The TV show was revitalized in the 1980s as a standalone movie called “Kung Fu: The Movie”, with Carradine once again back as Kwai Chang Caine, who must battle, in a bit of irony, Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee. The show resurfaced yet again in 1993 as an ongoing action-adventure syndicated TV show, once again starring Carradine, this time as a descendent of his original TV show character, and co-starring Chris Potter as his gun-toting cop son. It was, er, you know, it was a syndicated action show in the ’90s, there were a lot of these back then. Still, the show ran for 4 seasons, one longer than the original series, so that’s something.

Via : Deadline