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George Nolfi Set to Direct the Bruce Lee Biopic 'Birth of the Dragon'

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June 2, 2014
Source: Variety

George Nolfi

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?

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  • Bruce Lee
    If you're going to do a historical fiction, at least make it as interesting as the Bruce Lee's films.
  • EMS
    Casting should be easy. Cole Horibe already played Bruce Lee perfectly in "Kung Fu".
  • Rock n Rollllll
    He'll f#%€£ing yeah!!! The greatest hero of all. Looking so much forward to it
  • DAVIDPD
    I have been waiting for this movie.
    • http://www.roamandthink.com/ Quanah
      Same here. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was okay. This sounds like they're giving the legend a story he deserves.
      • Rock n Rollllll
        Although Dragon was a decent movie at the time, they got a lot of things wrong and twisted, even with Linda assisting with the movie ironically enough. Hopefully now they can put together all the elements that justifies the true legend that man is.
  • theMaster
    Great news, think they should show the fight between Wong Jack Man (chi master) as a material and platform to succeed further for Bruce Lee as a martial artist rather than who won the fight, resulting in 'Birth of the Dragon'. Leading him to close all his schools and discarding Wing Chun and developing his own JKD.
  • Sonny Crockett
    Wong Jack man was not China's most "well known Kung Fu Master." He "fought: Bruce Lee in Oakland in 1964 (More importantly, Wong taught classes in T'ai chi ch'uan, Xingyiquan and Northern Shaolin at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.). A real film as to this event and the events that caused it would make a much better film. Bruce Lee while training in Wing Chun in Hong Kong under Yip Man was found to have Caucasian blood in him (his grandmother on his mom's side was part German). Students would not train with him as the prevailing thought was "For full Chinese only." Bruce then trained quietly and exclusively with Yip Man himself and his top 2 instructors. Years later when Bruce was told that he could not teach westerners by the group that sent Wong Jack Man to fight him, one could only imagine the rage he must have felt, being prejudiced previously by his own people. If Bruce was the winner of the fight, he could teach who he wanted, when he wanted. If he lost, he could not. The fight was won by Bruce in about three minutes, which was much to long for his liking and thus Jeet Kune Do was to be born of this. That.....and the fact that Bruce taught who he wanted, when he wanted...

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