Following word last week that Legendary and Universal Pictures are moving forward with a big screen adaptation of the ’70s television series Kung Fu comes world, via The Hollywood Reporter, that Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct.
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.
Luhrmann, best known for spectacle-laden projects like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, most recently directed The Great Gatsby for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Kung Fu is being produced by Jon Jashni, Scott Mednick, Thomas Tull and Vincent Newman.