Baz Luhrmann is in talks to direct Kung Fu; the Who is Jake Ellis? adaptation snags a writer; Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Inarritu’s The Revenant; and Michael B. Jordan joins the CIA for Men Who Kill.
Kung Fu, for those that might not know, was a popular ’70s TV series featuring David Carradine as a martial artist who travels to the States in search of his brother. This cinematic adaptation, however, apparently trades a missing brother for a missing father, and switches the principal location to China.
If he signs on, Luhrmann is expected to do a full rewrite of the Kung Fu script, which was initially conceived by John McLaughlin (Black Swan) and had Bill Paxton on as director. The more intriguing prospect, though, is getting to see how Luhrmann adapts his signature visual flair to fit the martial arts movie genre.
Screenwriter Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has signed on to pen Who is Jake Ellis? for Fox.
Fox recently acquired the rights to the Who is Jake Ellis? comic book and has already hired David Yates (Harry Potter) to direct. The book follows a former spy named Jon Moore who consults with the mysterious Jake Ellis while on the run.
After making a decent-sized splash with his Hanna script, Lochhead has been an up-and-coming name as of late. He is currently rewriting the Shadow of the Colossus video game adaptation for Sony and his adaptation of the book Age of Miracles is gearing up for production with Catherine Hardwicke slated to direct.
Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant.
The Revenant is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Michael Punke about a fur trapper’s quest for revenge after being left for dead. In addition to directing, Inarritu also wrote the script for The Revenant alongside Seth Smith.
DiCaprio had been circling the project for quite some time before finally pulling the trigger. Sean Penn was also eyeing a role as one of the film’s villains, but he apparently passed on the project. The Revenant will reportedly start filming this September.
Fox has acquired the pitch for Men Who Kill a CIA thriller with Michael B. Jordan attached to star.
The studio just recently acquired Men Who Kill, and have selected TJ Fixman to write the script. Unfortunately, all we know is that the film will be a “CIA thriller.”
Men Who Kill is yet another high profile project for Michael B. Jordan, who has been nabbing acting gigs left and right. Of course, Jordan’s biggest upcoming role is that of Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) in next summer’s Fantastic Four reboot.