Eli Roth Reveals More on RZA's Directorial Debut - The Man with the Iron Fist

July 6, 2008
Source: CHUD

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Barely two days ago we reported that Eli Roth and Wu-Tang Clan's RZA would be working together on a martial arts movie called The Man with the Iron Fist. In short time, CHUD caught up with Eli Roth and asked him about the production. Roth revealed some enticing details, including that this would be RZA's directorial debut after studying Quentin Tarantino for years and that it would be undoubtedly a bloody R rated martial arts extravaganza. I was initially already quite excited for this, but now I'm even more excited - this is going to kick some serious ass. Apparently RZA has an encyclopedic knowledge of martial arts flicks and this is his dream project that will feature "everything martial arts fans could want."

To clarify, this has nothing to do with Marvel's superhero named Iron Fist, as an adaptation of that character is in development elsewhere. RZA's The Man with the Iron Fist is an entirely separate project that he wrote himself and is directing. Here is what Eli Roth said about the production.

Yes, it is true. RZA's script is amazing. He has been studying directing with Tarantino for years and he's really ready to get behind the camera. His impact on rap music and hip hop culture cannot be measured, and he's ready to add his own unique style and vision to the world of film. This movie will have everything martial arts fans could want, combined with RZA's superb musical talent. This project has been his dream for years, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it. And fans should know that yes, there will be blood… This ain't no PG-13.

As I mentioned originally, The RZA had quite a bit of involvement with the soundtrack on the Kill Bill movies and I can only imagine that was where and when he began studying Tarantino's techniques. It doesn't sound like RZA is going to mimic what Tarantino does, but rather attempt to bring his own unique style and vision to this film in combination with his immense appreciation for martial arts films. I'll reiterate this yet again: with Roth, Tarantino, and RZA all influencing this project, it definitely has the potential to be amazing. We'll be sure to update you once we hear anything else, including when it's expected to start production. Does Roth's update get you more excited for The Man with the Iron Fist?

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Totally, love Tarantino and Roth and the RZA put together an amazing soundtrack for KILL BILL. Hopefully this trifecta can produce another solid bloody kung fu epic! I'll be there!

Cmurder on Jul 7, 2008


Excited yes, but less excited knowing Tarantino still will have his dirty hands in this. And just FYI the RZA has been involved in martial arts movies for a long, long time. In fact, if you can recall, the name of his original rap group was "Wu Tang Clan" from the movie he saw. Seeing him write and direct his own kung fu epic makes me quite happy

Billy on Jul 7, 2008


There's always room for another Martial Arts flick in my book. Bring it.

Discateia on Jul 7, 2008


WU TANG CLAN ain't nothing to fuck with!! heeeeee-yah!!

Dave V. on Jul 7, 2008


Its been a long time since i saw a martial arts film, besides kill bill

Darrin on Jul 7, 2008


I'm looking forward to a great martial arts film, The Forbidden Kingdom has a great fight scene with Jackie and Lee but wasn't as epic as i hoped. What fuels my excitement is that its going to be rated R its gonna be a blood bath (i hope).

Curtis on Jul 7, 2008


this better be good

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