Justin Lin is Remaking the 1982 Jet Li Movie Shaolin Temple

Justin Lin

Justin Lin has tackled muscle cars, military boxers, and criminal Asian kids, and now he’s setting his sights on the Shaolin temple.

Lin, who directed the last four “Fast and Furious” movies and is scheduled to tackle the next “Bourne Identity” installment, has signed on to helm a remake of the 1982 movie “Shaolin Temple,” which is probably best known for being the big screen leading man debut of Jet Li.

Jet Li in Shaolin Temple (1982) Movie ImageThe China-set film will be written by, of all people, New Zealander Andrew Dominik, the man who gave the world “Chopper,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” and most recently, “Killing Them Softly” with Brad Pitt.

Apparently the original was “based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. When the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, the son of one of his slave workers escapes to the temple, trains in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor.” Basically, like every other kung fu movie.

Lin will have $100 million to work with, and the film is expected to be shot in 3D. No word if it will also be filmed in English, though given that a non-Chinese is writing the script, that’s probably a given…unless they’re gonna translate it into Chinese, which would just be kind of pointless.

Anyway, what are the chances Lin will cast his buddy Sung Kang in one of the film’s roles? Maybe a character who constantly eats…

Never seen the Li original? You can rectify that right now:

Via : Deadline