Bruce Lee to Fight Gangsters in 'Birth of the Dragon'

Posted 9:30 PM February 19th, 2013 by Binh Ngo
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A new Bruce Lee movie, titled Birth of the Dragon, is in the works, and this one is said be inspired by the duel between Lee and martial arts instructor Wong Jack Man in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to some accounts, this fight lasted only a couple of minutes with Lee laying the smack down on Wong. Wong disputed this however.

If you're looking to learn more about both of these men in Birth of the Dragon though, you're better off looking elsewhere. The movie is not a biopic, but is, instead, an action movie that will use the meeting between the two martial artists as excuse for the two to team up and take on the Chinatown gangsters.

QED Internatonal and Groundswell Productions are working on the movie together, and they've have hired Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele, best known for their work on Nixon and Ali, to write the screenplay.

No director is currently attached but Bill Block, Michael London, Wilkinson, and Rivele are producing.

It'll interesting to see who they'll bring in to play Lee -- a local up-and-comer or a big-name star from Asia? I mean, they wouldn't have a white guy play him, right?

The Grandmaster, Wong Kar Wai's movie about Lee's sifu Ip Man, has been acquired by The Weinstein Company and will be released domestically sometime this year. The movie stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai in the title role.

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