Hollywood’s favorite martial arts legend, Bruce Lee, is getting the big-screen treatment at Sony. Ang Lee, known for films like Life of Pi and Brokeback His Mountain, will direct the biopic, and his son Mason Lee will star in the film as the Chinese-American star. .
as soon as the deadlineThe film is currently in development at Sony’s 3000 Pictures, with Dan Futterman adapting the screenplay from early scripts by Jean Castelli, Alex Law, Mabel Cheung and Wells Tower. Futterman’s previous writings include hits such as Capote and his Foxcatcher.
“Neither fully American nor fully Chinese, Bruce Lee was the bridge between East and West who introduced Chinese gun-fu to the world, the combat scientist who revolutionized both martial arts and action cinema. He was an iconic performing artist,” said Ang Lee. said in a statement. “I feel compelled to tell the story of this glorious and unique human being who craves belonging, who is 135 pounds and has tremendous strength, and who, through tireless hard work, made the impossible dream a reality.”
After making a name for himself in Hollywood in the 1960s and early 70s, Bruce Lee died unexpectedly in 1973. Bruce Lee popularized martial arts around the world with hits like Fighting, Enter the Dragon, and The Way of the Dragon. Now, the story behind the legend comes to the silver screen under an Oscar-winning director.
Ang Lee, whose movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was one of the greatest martial arts movies of all time, is a lifelong fan of Bruce Lee. The upcoming biopic is a “passion project” for Anne, according to Elizabeth Gubler, who is directing the project for Sony.
“‘Bruce Lee’ is a long-standing passion project for Anne, a deeply emotional tale of the triumphs and struggles of one of the most important real-life action heroes of our time. Sony and 3000 Pictures We are all proud to help Ang and his filmmaking team create what they believe will be an extraordinary theatrical event.”
Mason Lee has appeared in several films, including The Hangover Part II and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Most recently, she starred in the Taiwanese romantic comedy “Stand By Me,” the Hong Kong drama “Limbo,” and “Who Killed Cock Robin.”
Carson Burton is a freelance news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter at @carsonsburton.