Bruce Lee's Origin Story To Be Fictionalized In BIRTH OF THE DRAGON

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Because the true story of Bruce Lee is not sufficiently action-packed to satisfy audiences in the 21st Century, his real life will be revised for an upcoming movie about his origin as an international legend.

That's not exactly what the story in The Hollywood Reporter says, but I'm not sure how else to read it. To be titled Birth of the Dragon, the film purports to be inspired by a real-life duel between Bruce Lee and martial arts teacher Wong Jack Man that took place in Oakland, California in 1964. (I'm not an expert, but a quick search indicates that the details of the fight itself, held in private, are in dispute, with each man telling a different story.) Rather improbably, the new film will have them then team up "to battle a band of Chinatown gangsters."

Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele will write the screenplay. They previously cooked up some historical revisionism for Oliver Stone's Nixon and Michael Mann's Ali, and also wrote the upcoming Mercury, about Freddie Mercury, the lead singer for Queen.

Lee's life story has been filmed multiple times already, and long before Quentin Tarantino rewrote history, movies have played fast and loose with the facts, so inventing scenarios to return Lee to the big screen could be taken as a tribute. (?!) The film is being produced by QED International and Groundswell Productions, so as it moves forward, it will be fascinating to see who is cast in the lead roles and, of course, who might want to direct such a project.

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  • It's not even a dead horse anymore...by this point it's a mutilated goat.

  • The actual fight itself is a pretty historic thing... the outcome changed Bruce's way of training, and led him towards his own style. It doesn't need a fake exploitation angke to it . The fact that there are tonnes of different version of same fight is dramatic enough... Donnie for Bruce tho. All the way.

  • Bob Lee

    A variant of

    Bruceploitation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • Qinlong

    Good opportunity to pair up a new face (as Bruce Lee) and a martial arts legend. Maybe break out Donnie Yen in the US with the Wong Jack Man role ?

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