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After showing his directing chops with 'Frailty' and 'The Greatest Game Ever Played,' Bill Paxton ('Twister,' 'Aliens') is currently in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of the 1972 television series 'Kung Fu.' The series, which starred the late David Carradine centered on a Shaolin monk traveling across the American West. The new version will be written by John McLaughlin ('Black Swan') and produced by Legendary Entertainment. Part of the film will be shot in China next Summer but no word yet on whether Paxton intends to play the lead role or who might be in the running otherwise.
Even if you aren't a fan of the 'Kung Fu' series, or equally if you are an avid fan to the point that you despise the idea of a film adaptation, this project has potential. 'The Greatest Game Ever Played' may not have been anything to sing about, but 'Frailty' is a fantastic film and I've been waiting to see what Bill Paxton could do with another high genre film. Writer McLaughlin, who was one of three writers on the 'Black Swan' screenplay, is also penning 'Parker' starring Jason Statham based on a series of novels by Donald Westlake. Westlake's novel 'The Hunter' has already been adapted into both 1967's 'Point Blank' and 1999's 'Payback.' This is an interesting combination of director and writer so I feel the make-or-break element here is going to be finding someone who can inhabit the role as fully as did Carradine.
What do you guys think? Any fans of 'Kung Fu' out there?