Warner to Remake Enter the Dragon as Awaken the Dragon

The gratuitous remake machine rolls on, unabated. This time the victim is Bruce Lee’s 1973 classic “Enter the Dragon”. The remake will “update” the story, and instead of a martial artist going to a crimelord’s island to compete in his martial arts tournament for revenge, while at the same time collecting evidence of the crimelord’s evil deads for the feds, the hero will instead be an FBI agent who pursues a Shaolin monk to the world of underground tournament fighting. Yeah, sounds more like a direct-to-video B-action movie from the ’90s than a major motion picture by a big studio to me, too.

The man who will be writing and making his directorial debut on the film is “The Shield” executive producer Kurt Sutter, who describes the film as a noir-style remake of “Enter the Dragon”.

Um, okay. “Enter the Dragon” as noir? I don’t get it.

More from Sutter:

“I’m a huge noir fan, and this plot lends itself to the film I want to make,” Sutter said. “I wanted to set it in these underground fight clubs where the action is really raw and expose the brutality of Shaolin kung fu. This will be more ‘Raging Bull’ than ‘Crouching Tiger’ in its viciousness.”

Sutter will look to discover a fight star in the role of the monk and cast an established American actor to play the FBI agent.

So why exactly are they going out of their way to bastardize the Bruce Lee movie to do it? Why don’t they just call their film “Awaken the Dragon” (or whatever the hell they want to call it) and not mention any relationship to the Bruce Lee movie “Enter the Dragon”? I just don’t “get” the need to taint the 1973 movie with this one.

But hey, maybe it’s just me.

Warner to Remake Enter the Dragon as Awaken the Dragon



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  • bom

    If they cast a WHITE guy as the FBI agent and an Asian guy as the “rogue” (read: evil) Shaolin Monk, then the director/writer should be assassinated.

    Enter the Dragon was a movie Bruce Lee made precisely because, in his own words, Hollywood wanted to portray Asian men as weak, asexual imbeciles. He made this film in Asia so that an Asian male could finally be the hero.

    So if this bastard rides the coattails of Enter the Dragon and casts a white hero in this flick, then it would literally be middle finger and a big F*CK YOU pointed right at Bruce Lee’s grave.

  • bom

    If they cast a WHITE guy as the FBI agent and an Asian guy as the “rogue” (read: evil) Shaolin Monk, then the director/writer should be assassinated.

    Enter the Dragon was a movie Bruce Lee made precisely because, in his own words, Hollywood wanted to portray Asian men as weak, asexual imbeciles. He made this film in Asia so that an Asian male could finally be the hero.

    So if this bastard rides the coattails of Enter the Dragon and casts a white hero in this flick, then it would literally be middle finger and a big F*CK YOU pointed right at Bruce Lee’s grave.

  • bom

    If they cast a WHITE guy as the FBI agent and an Asian guy as the “rogue” (read: evil) Shaolin Monk, then the director/writer should be assassinated.

    Enter the Dragon was a movie Bruce Lee made precisely because, in his own words, Hollywood wanted to portray Asian men as weak, asexual imbeciles. He made this film in Asia so that an Asian male could finally be the hero.

    So if this bastard rides the coattails of Enter the Dragon and casts a white hero in this flick, then it would literally be middle finger and a big F*CK YOU pointed right at Bruce Lee’s grave.

  • CHBJKD

    Why even mention Bruce Lee’s movie? Sutter should just make a movie and not associate it with Bruce Lee. Come on Mr. Sutter read the writings of Mr. Lee, his wife and the many books of his friends and learn of some of the ugly ways the American film industry had treated him and please re-think this idea.

    DO THE RIGHT THING !!

  • CHBJKD

    Why even mention Bruce Lee’s movie? Sutter should just make a movie and not associate it with Bruce Lee. Come on Mr. Sutter read the writings of Mr. Lee, his wife and the many books of his friends and learn of some of the ugly ways the American film industry had treated him and please re-think this idea.

    DO THE RIGHT THING !!

  • CHBJKD

    Why even mention Bruce Lee’s movie? Sutter should just make a movie and not associate it with Bruce Lee. Come on Mr. Sutter read the writings of Mr. Lee, his wife and the many books of his friends and learn of some of the ugly ways the American film industry had treated him and please re-think this idea.

    DO THE RIGHT THING !!

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  • David

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  • SoCal Hapa

    I agree with CHB, but in order to do this don’t they need permission from the Lee Family? This has to be really really good or you will ruin the integrity of Enter the Dragon. Enter the Dragon is the best film of it’s genre. Don’t make the mistake of trying to cash in using the name of the legend who made it.