David Leitch to direct live-action remake of 1972’s Kung Fu series
According to Collider, David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw) will helm a live-action remake of the series Kung Fu, which premiered in 1972 and starred David Carradine. Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to the television series and will re-team with Leitch following Hobbs & Shaw.
The remake is reportedly set in the present day. The original series was set in the 1800s and ran for three seasons on ABC.
No additional details on the project, including cast or crew announcements, have been revealed, though the outlet notes a writer is likely to be announced soon.
Leitch will produce the series alongside Kelly McCormick through their Universal-based 87North Productions. Stephen L’Hereaux will produce via his Solipsist Films banner. Original Kung Fu series creator Ed Spielman will executive produce.
In November, it was announced that The CW was also in the process of developing a female-led Kung Fu reboot series with Greg Berlanti set to executive produce and co-created by Blindspot’s Christina M. Kim and Martin Gero.
The original series was created by Ed Spielman, Jerry Thorpe and Herman Miller which ran on air for three seasons from 1972-1975. It starred late veteran actor David Carradine, who portrayed the role of Kwai Chang Caine. The Kung Fu series was also adapted into a film in 1986 titled Kung Fu: The Movie and it also spawned off two spinoff series: Kung Fu: The Next Generation and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.