RZA's 'Man With The Iron Fist' Kung Fu Film Gets Picked Up!
If you're a long-time reader, you'll know that a project I've been following is Wu-Tang Clan member RZA's kung fu project that he wrote with Eli Roth called The Man With The Iron Fist (although Deadline refers to it as Fists with the extra "s"). The good news is that Universal is making a deal to finance and distribute RZA's project, which means it'll finally start shooting later this year. The bad news is that it's Universal, who will probably mess with the film and screw up the marketing. Oh well. RZA will also play the title character, a blacksmith who forges weapons for the inhabitants of a village in feudal China, and will also direct this.
Universal is giving them a budget of under $20 million which he'll use to shoot this in September in Hong Kong. It's described as a "stylized martial arts film" and RZA will produce the soundtrack as well as star in and direct this. Eli Roth explains how fully immersed RZA has been in this: "While I was away shooting Inglourious Basterds, RZA went to China to shoot test footage on his own, with all the choreography. It was very visual and I think he will bring to life a script that mixes kung fu with a spaghetti western mindset and a hip hop influence." That just sounds awesome. "RZA has imagined every tribe, every fighting style, every costume," Roth said. "He knows kung fu like I know horror." And that's why I can't wait to see this!
The Man With the Iron Fist (or Fists, if that's true) will be a "bloody R rated martial arts extravaganza" that RZA developed after studying Quentin Tarantino for a few years and working with Roth. He's really putting everything into this, not only in the script, but for his feature directing debut. "I'm going to tell you that we put a lot of time into the script, a lot of energy into it, a lot of people were supporting me on it, and if the energy comes out right, it should be a classic film to have in your library." I hope that's the case! Stay tuned for more updates and potential casting coming down the road. Anyone else just as excited to see this?
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
I am really glad to see some true fans of old school kung fu making movies but this titled is pretty similar to Sammo Hung in Iron Fisted Monk. Eh .. I guess Kung Fu names are not too creative to begin with!
Kyle on May 7, 2010
Jim on May 7, 2010
Groovy! RZA is a very talented man and he obviously has put a lot of time and effort into making this a movie that every fan of martial arts will want to see and respect. I'm excited. But god damn it. Universal? Even SEEING that fucking planet wrapped in it's stupid glowing logo kills any movie I see.
Cracky on May 7, 2010
Marvel's not going to be happy about this, because of their own "Iron Fist" character.
DRM on May 7, 2010
i grad that universal is making this film and NOT FOX.
CJ on May 7, 2010
AN ULTRA-VIOLENT R-RATED ACTION PACK MARTIAL FILM THATS COOL AND STYLIZED. I'M SO THERE
big758 on May 7, 2010
FUCK MARVEL THEY SOLD THERE SOUL TO THE MOTHERFUCKING DEVIL IT'S SELF. DISNEY.
big758 on May 7, 2010
hoping this comes out well for RZA
tazz on May 7, 2010
Its about time! Its Wu-Tang Mutha-Fuckas!
Ray on May 7, 2010
DiR3cT on May 8, 2010
Now THAT's cool news!
HelveticaConspiracy on May 8, 2010
What about Wu-tang vs The Golden Phoenix RZA did? Youtube has bts footage..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLjzq_Jrums
Larry David on May 8, 2010
Can't wait, love Kung Fu, love Wu-Tang, love RZA. I hope this is like a live action Afro Samurai, loved everything about that as well.
Justin on May 8, 2010
Seems that Rza wants to make this title right.Wish him the best.
Fisherr on May 11, 2010
An R rated kung-fu involving RZA?? Oh hell yeah!!
Demtor on May 12, 2010
@ big758 seriously? your still mad about disney buying marvel?
G on Jun 29, 2010
been waiting for this since the bobby digital movie he was supposed to make...
9mm on Aug 4, 2010
I'm super excited about this project because my favorite wrestler (actually former wrestler) Dave Bautista (Batista) is in it! This movie will rock!!!!
Running Water on Nov 7, 2010
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