Justin Lin to Direct 'The Shaolin Temple' Remake

Posted 11:47 AM January 17th, 2014 by Binh Ngo
Justin Lin

Justin Lin and his production company Perfect Storm Entertainment are teaming up with Beijing Enlight Pictures and Bruno Wu's Seven Stars to remake Jet Li's 1982 martial arts movie The Shaolin Temple, according to Deadline.

Lin is set to direct the Chinese language feature.

The next step is to hire "an A+ list Hollywood writer to tackle the story," Perfect Storm Entertainment CEO Troy Craig Poon said. Well, good luck with that given all the A+ list writers are all busy with one thing or another.

In the original 1982 movie, Jet Li stars as a slave whose father was killed by the Emperor. He found refuge in the Shaolin Temple, where he learned kung fu in order to avenge his father.

Looks like no expense will be spared in this remake as the budget is said to be over $100 million.

"The aim is to make an unprecedented Chinese-based tentpole with story, style and scope that will resonate with global audiences as well," Poon said.

Lin will direct the Bourne Legacy sequel sometime this year for Universal, but after he's done with that, The Shaolin Temple remake might be his next movie.

The last Chinese movie to break $100 million at the box office here was Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon back in 2000. As far as I know, no other Chinese movie before or since had come close to that number.

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