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Another Bruce Lee biopic is coming from the writers of Nixon and Ali

Feb. 19, 2013by: Alex Maidy
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Bruce Lee will forever be one of the most iconic presences in film. Not just because of his unique martial arts abilities but because of the rise from poverty all the way to Hollywood success and ultimate tragic death. His story has already been filmed once before as DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY, but another version of his life is coming soon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele have been selected to write the screenplay. They have previously written the screenplays for Oliver Stone's NIXON and Michael Mann's ALI. Their screenplay about the life of Freddie Mercury is currently in the works with Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role.

This Bruce Lee movie, titled BIRTH OF THE DRAGON will have a more focused story, centering on a major event in the young martial artist's life, before he became a movie star.

According to QED and Groundswell, is inspired by the true-life duel between Lee and Wong Jack Man, who was Chinas most famous Kung Fu Master. The no-rules fight took place in San Francisco in 1965, when the citys Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads.

As a Bruce Lee buff, I am not sure how an entire movie can focus on single fight and overlook everything else about his life. DRAGON was a good movie featuring a decent performance from Jason Scott Lee in the title role. There are not many known actors who could replicate Bruce Lee's abilities on screen. I will be cautiously optimistic about this until I see some footage.

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6:25AM on 02/20/2013
The screenwriters have very good credentials, I migth see this one eventually.

I might be wrong. However, I can see how this project got greenlit. Increasingly, Chinese money finances American films. Therefore, this biopic might have Chinese producers behind it financially and supervising it from afar. Or, an American studio might support this project because the film's American financiers know that the movie makes much money overseas if the movie is done accurately and well.
The screenwriters have very good credentials, I migth see this one eventually.

I might be wrong. However, I can see how this project got greenlit. Increasingly, Chinese money finances American films. Therefore, this biopic might have Chinese producers behind it financially and supervising it from afar. Or, an American studio might support this project because the film's American financiers know that the movie makes much money overseas if the movie is done accurately and well.
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1:29AM on 02/20/2013
I loved the movie with Jason Scott Lee. It would be interesting if they show on screen what ultimately led to his death. Too bad his son has died, as he could possibly star in this.
I loved the movie with Jason Scott Lee. It would be interesting if they show on screen what ultimately led to his death. Too bad his son has died, as he could possibly star in this.
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1:27AM on 02/20/2013
I loved the movie with Jason Scott Lee. It would be interesting if they show on screen what ultimately led to his death. Too bad his son has died, as he could possibly star in this.
I loved the movie with Jason Scott Lee. It would be interesting if they show on screen what ultimately led to his death. Too bad his son has died, as he could possibly star in this.
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6:38PM on 02/19/2013
In that picture it looks like Chuck Norris is saying "Wanna see the time?" And Bruce Lee is like "No thanks."
In that picture it looks like Chuck Norris is saying "Wanna see the time?" And Bruce Lee is like "No thanks."
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1:28AM on 02/20/2013
more like paper rock scissors! LOL!
more like paper rock scissors! LOL!
4:06PM on 02/19/2013
Yeah, it will be interesting to see who they cast as Bruce Lee. My first thought would be Sung Kang (from the Fast and the Furious series) but the Chinese audience would probably object,since he's of Korean descent.
Yeah, it will be interesting to see who they cast as Bruce Lee. My first thought would be Sung Kang (from the Fast and the Furious series) but the Chinese audience would probably object,since he's of Korean descent.
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3:56PM on 02/19/2013
I love this movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, even despite the fact it plays fast and loose with actual history. Seen it a million times. Fun fact: The warmup routine that precedes this fight scene is almost a perfect recreation of the warmup routine Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris do before their fight in Way of the Dragon.
I love this movie Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, even despite the fact it plays fast and loose with actual history. Seen it a million times. Fun fact: The warmup routine that precedes this fight scene is almost a perfect recreation of the warmup routine Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris do before their fight in Way of the Dragon.
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3:34PM on 02/19/2013

Mixing Some Fact With Total Fiction

I would love to see another Bruce Lee bio-pic, and these guys are certainly talented at telling focused stories about real-life figures. I think the idea of focusing on this particular fight is a great idea as it was a turning point in Lee's life. The Chinese community was furious that Lee was teaching the martial arts to non-Chinese as well as his outspoken criticism of traditional techniques (which led to his evolved fighting method, Jeet Kune Do). The Chinese martial arts community
I would love to see another Bruce Lee bio-pic, and these guys are certainly talented at telling focused stories about real-life figures. I think the idea of focusing on this particular fight is a great idea as it was a turning point in Lee's life. The Chinese community was furious that Lee was teaching the martial arts to non-Chinese as well as his outspoken criticism of traditional techniques (which led to his evolved fighting method, Jeet Kune Do). The Chinese martial arts community challenged Lee to a fight against their best fighter. If he won, he would be free to teach whomever he wished, but if he lost, he would be forced to close his school.

Lee defeated the challenger within three minutes. This was unacceptable to Lee, who believed that he should've won the fight in seconds. This event led to him undergoing a rigorous training program, which eventually led to his development of the highly effective Jeet Kune Do and led him further down the path to becoming arguably (but not really arguably) the greatest martial artist who ever lived.

I am a long-time Bruce Lee fan, I have read many books and viewed many specials about his life, and never have I heard of this 1965 fight being connected to Chinese Triads. This feels like a GANGSTER SQAUD-type of revisionist history, blending an interesting experience in Lee's real life with complete and utter fiction. Also, a three-minute fight is hardly enough to be a thrilling climax. I sense they would follow TOMBSTONE's structure and turn this fight into a turning point rather than a climax, just as TOMBSTONE did with the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

It could be entertaining, and I will reserve judgement for when I see the film, but this project sounds like it will be no more truthful than much of the embellished events depicted in DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY. In fact, it hardly sounds like much of a step up from the countless "Bruce-ploitation" movies that flooded the grindhouse theaters following Lee's death in the 1970s.
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