Andrew Dominik Writing 'Shaolin Temple' 3D Remake for Justin Lin
In an interesting mix of filmmaking talent on the page and behind the camera, Andrew Dominik (writer and director of Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) is teaming up with Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) for a 3D remake of the 1982 Chinese action flick Shaolin Temple. The original film marked the feature debut of martial arts star Jet Li with a story loosely based on Shaolin folklore and set during the transition period between the Sui Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty. Sounds like completely different film territory for Dominik in more ways than one. More below!
The film unfolds after the Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, and one of his slave workers who escapes to the temple decides to train in kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor. This is expected to be pretty big budget remake costing around $100 million, and that's some big money compare to the lower profile films Dominik has made with Brad Pitt in the past. Combine Lin's penchant for action with Dominik's gift for writing rich, worn-in characters and this could be something worth watching. Deadline says the project from Perfect Storm Entertainment and Beijing Enlight Pictures is supposed to get off the ground after Lin directs The Bourne Legacy sequel for Universal Pictures. Interested?