Samuel L. Jackson is set to star as the bad guy in Columbia Pictures’ remake of Berry Gordy’s 1985 cult classic The Last Dragon, says The Hollywood Reporter. Jackson will play Sho’nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, a role played in the original by the late Julius Carry.
“I’m a huge fan of the original and look forward to bringing Sho’Nuff into the 21st century,” Jackson said.
Writing the screenplay as well as producing is Dallas Jackson, who heads up the urban family label DJ Classicz with Davis. Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA is co-producing.
The updated plot will be along the same lines of the original, centering on young martial arts student Leroy Green in his quest through the streets of New York to achieve the highest level of martial arts accomplishment, known as the Last Dragon. Those who achieve the high ranking possess the Glow, making them the greatest fighter alive.
The project will take a new look at “Last Dragon” coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Motown next year. Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Gordy’s son Kerry Gordy are producing.