Baz Luhrmann in talks to helm `Kung Fu`
Washington: Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct `Kung Fu`, Legendary Pictures` big-screen adaptation of the 1970s martial arts Western television show, it has been revealed.
It is unclear how far along the talks are. Legendary had no comment, but the company is beginning to ramp up its Chinese-centric projects again (Yimou Zhang is in talks to revive the company`s adventure movie The Great Wall) and Kung Fu has Chinese roots.
If a deal is made, Luhrmann would first do a rewrite on the script before proceeding.
The current script is by Black Swan scribe John McLaughlin.
Kung Fu starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who came to the American West in search of his half brother.
The show featured flashbacks to his training as a teen in which his master called him "young grasshopper," a phrase that has stuck in the pop culture lexicon.
The show aired on ABC from 1972 to 1975 and gained a cult following beyond its run.
According to sources, the current script switches the action to China and finds Caine in search of his father-at one point ending up in a prison where he must fight to survive.