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Baz Luhrmann in talks to adapt martial arts Western 'Kung Fu'

"Kung Fu" was originally a martial arts Western show that aired on ABC in the 1970s.
By Annie Matin   |   April 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Baz Luhrmann is in negotiations to direct a film adaptation of Kung Fu.

The Moulin Rouge and Great Gatbsy director is in talks with Legendary Pictures to discuss his involvement with the project. Kung Fu was originally a martial arts Western show that aired on ABC in the 1970s.

David Carradine starred in the series as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who comes to America in search of his half-brother, Danny Caine (Tim McIntire). The show features flashbacks to Kwai Chang's martial arts training in China, and emphasizes the physical and spiritual lessons he learned from Masters Po (Keye Luke) and Kan (Philip Ahn).

Sources say that Luhrmann would rewrite the current film script if chosen as director. The movie would be set in China instead of the West, and would focus on Kwai Chang's search for his father, Thomas Henry Caine.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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