'Birth of the Dragon' Puts a Twist on Martial Artist Bruce Lee's Origins
With so many superheroes getting new origin stories, it's time for another action hero to get the same treatment. Heat Vision has word that QED International and Groundswell Productions are teaming for Birth of the Dragon, a story that will chronicle the earlier years of Bruce Lee, including the real-life fight between the famous martial artist and Wong Jack Man, China's most well-known kung fu master. The fight will serve as the launching point for a bigger, flashier action film following Lee, who ends up teaming up with Wong, to battle a bunch of Chinatown gangsters. So it's not a regular biopic. More below!
This seems like a weird blend of real-life and fantasy, almost like Bruce Lee is being turned into a fantastical hero. It is said that the fight itself, "took place in San Francisco in 1965, when the city’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong triads." Though there are conflicting reports as to why the fight even took place, it essentially doesn't matter since the two will end up being a team in a fictional tale using real kung fu masters for hyperbolic action. Honestly, this project sounds strange, and while it certainly has international appeal, I'm not sure there's a big enough audience who are even aware of Bruce Lee anymore. Thoughts?