RZA Sticks to Directing for 'Genghis Khan' & 'No Man's Land' Thriller
The Man with the Iron Fists, the directorial debut of rapper-turned-actor RZA, doesn't arrive until next week, but in Hollywood, you always lock down a new project before your next one hits theaters. RZA has done one better by locking down not one, but two projects as a director. Heat Vision has word that RZA is signed on to direct Genghis Khan, a biopic about the historical military leader, and No Man's Land, a new thriller from Reginald Hudlin, who produced Django Unchained for Quentin Tarantino (who produced The Man with the Iron Fists). It sounds like RZA has the directing bug and he isn't going anywhere soon.
Genghis Khan will focus on the Mongol tribe leader and great Asian and European conquerer of the 13th century as seen from the point of view of Khan's son and grandson. Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now producer John Milius (who wrote the script and was once attached to direct) is behind the film which has been gestating for years. At one time Mickey Rourke was attached to the proejct, but now he's not involved at all. The question is who will step into the big shoes to play Genghis Khan. It could be a better breakthrough role for someone like Jason Momoa, but he may not have the acting chops.
Meanwhile, No Man's Land (written by Trey Ellis and David Klas) follows a man who steals a powerful criminal's diamond that soon proves to be far more valuable than initially thought. With the help of a dancer, he attempts to stay alive and cash in on the jewel. I was mildly interested until "with the help of a dancer," but maybe RZA can make it a stylish sort of thriller. After all, it takes place during just one night and has been described as being in the same veing as The Warriors. Now that sounds like something that is right up RZA's alley, especially after seeing what he did with The Man with the Iron Fists. Stay tuned for more information on both of these projects as they develop.