Universal and Legendary Moving Forward with Kung Fu Movie

Speaking of long dormant big screen remakes of popular ’70s television shows, Legendary Pictures seems to be ready to give an infusion to their planned film remake of the ’70s show Kung Fu as part of their new deal with Universal Pictures with producers looking for a new director to take on the project.

The TV series, set in the Old West during the 19th Century, starred David Carradine as a monk traveling across America looking for his father facing all sorts of foes using his martial arts. It ran on ABC from 1972 to 1975 with Bill Paxton previously set to direct a movie based on a script by John McLaughlin. Other writers who have come and gone on the project include Cory Goodman (Priest) and Rich Wilkes, who is involved with writing Marvel’s upcoming “Iron Fist” show for Netflix.

Before they do anymore rewrites on the long-in-development movie, producers Jon Jashni, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull and Vincent Newman are looking for a director to “restructure the project,” according to The Tracking Board, with plans on bringing the story into the modern day.

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