‘Man With The Iron Fists’ Image & Poster Gallery; RZA Directing Grant Morrison’s ‘Happy!’

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If you would have asked me back in my 1990s hip-hop heyday what Wu-Tang Clan creator RZA would be doing in about twenty years (yup, it’s been that long), I would have definitely said ‘Working in Hollywood with big-name writers, actors and directors, starring in directing his own big-budget films. Definitely would’ve said that.

This fall sees the premiere of  The Man with the Iron Fists, the musician/producer/actor/director’s martial arts action flick dream project, which in theaters backed by names like Eli Roth (Hostel), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), with famous actors like Russell Crowe, Pam Grier and Lucy Liu in prominent roles. Check out a gallery of new images from the film – as well as some artist-inspired promo posters – in our massive new gallery.


RZA Directing Grant Morrison Comic Book Movie, Happy!

Showing no signs of slowing down, RZA is teaming up with comic book writer/auteur Grant Morrison (Justice LeagueNew X-MenBatman Incorporated) to adapt Morrison’s recently-debuted comic series Happy! for the big screen. RZA would direct from a script that Morrison himself will write; scripting and pre-planning the film are reportedly being done first, before a studio or financier are approached.

Happy! follows ex-cop-turned-hitman Nick Sax, who is left on death’s door after a hit goes bad but manages to hang on to life… though not without strange consequences. After his brush with death, Sax finds he is being (accompanied? Haunted? Afflicted?) by “Happy,” an upbeat blue winged-horse who is the total antithesis to Nick’s sad-sack cynical worldview. Before long, Happy is coercing Nick to do more heroic things, like trying to save a troubled kid.

Grant Morrisons Happy comic book 570x877 Man With The Iron Fists Image & Poster Gallery; RZA Directing Grant Morrisons Happy!

What, exactly, RZA and Grant Morrison will do for the film treatment remains to be seen – truth be told, it remains to be seen what Morrison will do with the actual comic, let alone a film. According to THR, who broke the news, the series is comparable to a mashup of  “It’s a Wonderful LifeSin City, and Care Bears.” Morrison’s trademark is his strange-but-brilliant inversion of comic book genre tropes and characters, so anything is fair game, really. Happy could end up goading Nick to blow up a room full of bad guys, or be revealed as some sort of government conditioning program – or maybe an high-minded alien psychic entity come to Earth looking for a human host. It’s Grant Morrison, you never know.

In regards to the film: given the success of movies like the James Stewart classic, Harvey – or the more recent success of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, there’s definitely a market for films featuring human protagonists plagued by imaginative friends born of their personalities (or in Ted’s case, magic wishes). It’s a cinematic metaphor that just seems to offer all sorts of playful, demented (yet strangely relatable) fun.

…As to which studio will be willing fund the creation of a blue CGI Pegasus, as part of a possibly R-rated crime drama? Your guess is as good as mine; depends on what Morrison and RZA show them, I guess…


The Man with the Iron Fist will be in theaters on November 2, 2012.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Happy!.

Source: Universal Pictures (via EW) & THR

Poster Images Artist Credits: David Ikeda, Joshua Andrew Belanger, Jeff Stevens, Ravi Rochanayon, Shawn Knight, Eric Nakama, Chad Robertson, Yasushi Ono, Ian Keltie & Margaret Berg

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  1. That sounds so weird…

    • Understatement.

    • if you don´t like that kung-fu fantasy theme,then it´s nothing for you. but,weird ? i´m a fan of rza and like his person and his music,so this will definetely be a badass movie.

  2. Can’t wait for this one,pure old school awesomeness !!!

  3. Love the 70′s style posters. Good up load.

  4. so,the -happy- plot sounds really weird. my fault,haven´t read the whole article so no offense against-helix reviews-,if you mean that the plot of the comic sounds weird. but, the audience wants new ideas,concepts or unique(not in that fact) storys,and here they have it.

  5. wooow man, the posters looks so cool. the villains are looking like if they were straight from the 70s shaw-brothers productions and also the location which reminds me to movies like -tai chi- or -a chinese ghost story-.

  6. i’d rather see him do Daredevil or Deadpool adaptation.

  7. RZA could do a wonderful Deadpool adaptation in my humble opinion….the guy is creative to the maxx and he had to have been a comic book fan growing up. Someone like RZA would not let the fans down…especially if hes passionate about the movie.

  8. Its good to see someone like RZA with such a love of asian culture doing a flick like this. I love that he wants to make a movie as authentic as possible…and shout out to Rick Yune being in this one. hes never quite gotten the break out role he deserves.

  9. Please tell me Jamie Chung is nakkie in this one!!!! Aside from that this movie looks fun, I cant wait!!!

  10. the lion-trio looks evil and the hyaen-gang. everything looks awesome.