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Bruce Lee getting biopic treatment?

'Birth of the Dragon' purports to tell the martial arts legend's 'origin story'

By Corwin Neuse Feb 19, 2013 10:21PM
This is a weird one. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the legendary Bruce Lee is getting the biopic treatment, sort of, in "Birth of the Dragon." The film will reportedly trace Lee's "origin story," recounting the true-to-life story how he and Chinese kung-fu master Wong Jack Man "dueled" in San Francisco in 1965. As the story goes, the two subsequently teamed up to take down the triad gangs that controlled Chinatown at that time. Which sounds more like "Big Trouble in Little China" than an honest biopic to us, but, hey, who's counting?

The script for "Dragon" will be written by Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, who can be said to specialize in biopic fare. They previously collaborated on the Oscar-grubbing flicks "Nixon" and "Ali," and also wrote "Mercury," the upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen. Which certainly gives "Birth of a Dragon" a not-inconsiderable air of creative legitimacy. Still, that two sentence synopsis leaves something to be desired...

What do you think, Hitlisters? Bruce Lee certainly seems deserving of silver-screen immortalization, but is this the right vehicle to achieve all that? Does anybody else even remember "Big Trouble in Little China?" Is today a slow news day? As always, let us know in the comments, or drop us a line on MSN Movies Facebook and MSN Movies Twitter.
Feb 20, 2013 6:17PM
DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY, was, I thought, a pretty good bio-pic.  Of course, the only problem is that I can't watch that movie without thinking of Brandon, who died very shortly before DRAGON was released.  I remember seeing it in the theater with my parents (I was twelve at the time), who were also big fans of both actors, and it was heart-breaking to see any scene with Brandon.  Especially unpleasant was the scene at the end, when Bruce, in a trance or something, is fighting an inner demon that has haunted him his entire life, and shows Bruce not only his own death, but implies that Brandon is next, then directly attacks him.  It was almost unbearable watching what should have been a scene of triumph over this demon, but that ultimately only proved to be a sorrowful reminder of a tragedy that was still raw in our hearts.
Feb 20, 2013 10:26AM
I certainly remember "Big Trouble in Little China" and though a completely different genre style from most of the Bruce Lee flicks (of which I've seen all) - it had it's charm.  As for a biopic on Bruce Lee I agree that he deserves some new hollywood immortalization.  When you consider how much revival of Marilyn Monroe, Snow White, etc. that dawns the TV & silver screen these days - why not give a slice of that to Bruce Lee.  The orignal BL movie Dragon was pretty good so assuming Wilkinson and Rivele can do a decent script for this biopic, I for one would welcome getting another dose of BL to tide me over for another decade!
Feb 20, 2013 9:04PM

DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY is a "Hollywood" version of the man, mainly to entertain with Linda Lee Cadwell's blessing. Take this next biopic is just that, to entertain with the flair of dramatics and martial arts fighting. With that, Donnie Yen, is my best pick to play Bruce Lee.


I do remember,  "Big Trouble in Little China! I saw it in the theater and have it on blu-ray. Still get laughs from it from all these years, a very fun movie homage to old school mystic/wire kung fu genre.

Feb 20, 2013 5:45PM
I'm sure there is more story to be told, but Bruce was the subject of a big screen biopic with "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" starring Jason Scott Lee and Lauren Holly 20 years ago. If they make a new one, I will only watch it if they badly dub it into English to watch on Saturday afternoon cable just like I saw all his other movies.
Feb 20, 2013 11:29PM
Of curse I'm in!!! Big Trouble in Little China is my favorite movie of all time!!! I know it word by word and every single scream!!! Do the Bruce Lee movie and add Sung Kang, Russell Wong and Rain!!!
Uh, wasn't there a Bruce Lee biopic years ago?
Feb 20, 2013 9:49AM
The great martial arts star.Bruce Lee.....
Feb 20, 2013 11:51PM
That Urjah Hall kick on Adam Hall, Bruce Lee would approve.
Feb 21, 2013 2:06AM

"Big Trouble In Little China" starred Jackie Chan.


And what ever happened to the possible remake of "Enter the Dragon" rumored to star Jet Li? 

Feb 20, 2013 6:12PM
I do not think they are doing a movie about the life of Bruce Li but rather a story of his character in Enter the Dragon.   The only martial arts person I can think of to play the role would be Jet Li.   He is the only Chinese actor with enough martial art skills and is a good actor to pull it off in this movie.  Anyone else would be a joke.  
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