Yeah! Finally, not one, not two, but 3 accurate movies about BRUCE LEE are happening. According to Hollywood Reporter and Variety, the legend’s older sister Phoebe Lee and younger brother Robert Lee have authorized a Chinese J.A. Media to make a biographical trilogy about the greatest martial artist of all time
The agreement was made yesterday, 36 years after Bruce Lee died in Hong Kong at age 32 from swelling of the brain.. unless you’re a conspiracy theory monger, then the there could be various causes all the way up to him faking his death and he’s actually alive and well in a secluded island along with Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Lee’s siblings said they’ve read many books and watched many movies made about their iconic brother but none of them have been accurate, they want it done right this time.
Producer Manfred Wong said they want the first installment of the trilogy to be about Lee’s teenage years, with more focus on the personality of the late actor whom Wong considered to be very humorous, very obedient to his parents and very kind to his family
The initial budget is estimated to be about 50 million yuan ($7.3 million) and it is scheduled to hit theaters on Nov. 27th, 2010, the 70th anniversary of Lee’s birth.
This is good because it’s Lee’s homeland production, so Hollywood won’t be able to mess with the story like what Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993) did. Jason Scott Lee didn’t even have the same charm and skills.
No director has been attached to this BRUCE LEE Trilogy yet although filmmaker Zhang Yimou has expressed interest
The million dollar question is.. who will play Bruce Lee? Who will play the founder of Jeet Kune Do, the one who kicked Chuck Norris’ ass, who’s worthy enough to immortalize the dragon on the big screen?
It’s going to be one helluva casting process.