Rejoice, fans of Marvel Comics’ kung fu heroes! Marvel Studios have just hired screenwriter Rich Wilkes to pen a live-action adaptation of their comic book “Iron Fist” for the big screen.
Okay, okay, so Wilkes’ biggest film to date has been writing the first “xXx” movie with Vin Diesel, which, let’s face it, was somewhere between okay and just stupid. Nevertheless, the fact that Marvel has even paid money to a writer to begin adapting the property means there’s finally movement on the project, which is a very good thing. And honestly, every script gets rewritten at least once (or a couple dozen times) before it reaches the screen anyway…
For those unfamiliar with the character, Iron Fist is Danny Rand, the latest in a long line of mortals to wield the Iron Fist power, forged from the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao in the mythical city of K’un L’un. Basically, lots of Chinese/Tibetan imagery/mythos are the order of the day, with the end result being Rand wielding the Iron Fist to fight crime and other assorted mythical baddies in modern-day New York City. Lots and lots of kung-fu fighting ensue.
The last time an “Iron Fist” movie was this close to getting made, there were rumblings that Marvel wanted “X-Men” star Ray Park to play the character, but alas nothing ever came out of that.
The question is, with Iron Fist headed to the big screen, will Luke Cage be far behind? Let’s hope not.
Added: Check out this “Iron Fist” fan film from a few years back: