George Nolfi Set to Direct the Bruce Lee Biopic 'Birth of the Dragon'
Since making his directing debut on The Adjustment Bureau in 2011, George Nolfi was once shortlisted to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier before the job went to Anthony & Joe Russo. Otherwise, he's been trying to find his next project with Darren Aronofsky's XOXO, an adaptation of One Minute to Midnight and a sci-fi film from The Last Stand writer Andrew Knauer as possibilities. However, it sounds like his next project will actually be a film of a different kind. Variety has word that Nolfi has been hired to direct Birth of the Dragon, a biopic about martial arts master Bruce Lee that emerged last year. Read on!
However, as we learned last year, the film will chronicle the earlier years of 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 plot following Lee, who ends up teaming up with Wong, to battle a bunch of Chinatown gangsters. Production is supposed to begin next spring and sounds like an odd revisionist tale of what might otherwise be an interesting standard biopic. Of course, that formula chronicling the rise of an icon can get tired, so maybe this will be interesting. Thoughts?