If you’ve been dying to see Kwai Chang Caine do his Wild West Wandering on the big screen, you’re in luck, because it looks like the big screen version is finally moving forward. According to ComingSoon, Allen and Albert Hughes are out, and Max Makowski is in — the director’s chair of the “Kung Fu” big screen remake, that is. The film, being produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, has been under the Hughes for a while, but it now seems like they’re out completely. Makowski will step into the director’s chair and work off a script by Cory Goodman, who rewrote a script by Howard Friedlander.
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A new casting call has gone out looking for the lead role, which is described as: “Male, 20-35. A handsome mix of East (Chinese/Asian) meets West (American). A man with the emotional capacity of a young Clint Eastwood. Charismatic and charming, Caine was raised by Shaolin monks after his mother’s murder and became a highly skilled fighter. In addition to being a strong actor with the right look, the actor for this role should be athletic and although not required, some martial arts training, gymnastics or ballet are a plus.”
The production is eyeing a March 8 start in China.
Here’s the logline for the 1972 TV show (via)
Kwai Chang Caine is a Shoalin Monk who is on the run after he killed the Chinese Emporer’s nephew after that coward killed his teacher in cold blood with a gun. He flees to America both to escape retaliation and to search for his brother in order to settle down in this new land. However, in his travels in the wild west, he can not help but continually run into trouble from desperados and other ruffians as they oppress the innocent, while bounty hunters pursue the price on his head. Against this, he has his skill of Kung-fu martial arts which proves to be devastatingly effective in this gun-dominated land.
I’ve always liked the TV show for some reason, if only because it’s insanely funny watching how slow David Carradine decided to play the character.