Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is seriously lining up his future dance card. He’s set to start filming Universal’s Hobbs and Shaw in September and is attached to direct a feature adaptation of the Ubisoft video game The Division.
Today, he looks to land yet another large action project with Deadline reporting Leitch is now in talks to direct a remake of the classic 1973 Bruce Lee kung fu flick Enter The Dragon for Warner Bros.
In Enter the Dragon, a Shaolin martial artist is pressed to enter a karate tournament on the island owned by the secretive Han, who is suspected of using the gathering as a way to smuggle drugs around the world. The protagonist has his own motivation: revenge. He learns that his sister fought for her life and ultimately killed herself on Han’s island, rather than succumb to rape by a group of Han’s thugs.
The project is said to be in the early development stages at the moment as a screenwriter isn’t mentioned.
It’s an interesting development for sure as the film is considered an icon of the genre and there is weight having one of the John Wick guys behind it, but it all depends if the Warner Bros., who have been pushing a whitewashed feature film version of Akira will attempt to place a white lead in the role made famous by Bruce Lee.
Hopefully, the studio is smart and they end up casting Asian-American martial arts star Philip Ng, who recently played Bruce Lee in the film Birth of The Dragon and actually has the action chops to pull something like this off.