RZA is set to make his directorial debut this weekend with the kung-fu film The Man With The Iron Fists, but the hip-hop luminary isn’t wasting any time moving forward with his Hollywood career.
According to a new report, RZA has already settled on his next two projects. The first is a biopic of the Mongolian conqueror Genghis Khan from screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now). That project, which starts filming in China next year, will focus on the great military leader’s conquests “from the point of view of Khan’s son and grandson.”
The second film RZA has signed on to direct is No Man’s Land, an action-thriller from writers Trey Ellis and David Klass. Here’s a brief synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter:
“Script centers a man who steals a powerful criminal’s diamond that soon proves to be far more valuable than initially thought. With the help of a dancer, he attempts to stay alive and cash in on the jewel. The story takes place during one night and has been described as having echoes of ‘The Warriors.’”
It remains to be seen whether RZA has the talent to pull off a feature length film, but the Wu-Tang Clan rapper has more than shown his creativity over the years as both an actor and musician. The fact that he has famous friends supporting him doesn’t hurt either. (The Man With The Iron Fists was produced by Quentin Tarantino and co-written by Eli Roth.)
Given his penchant for Eastern culture, particularly the kung-fu genre, it will be interesting to see how RZA treats a more historically grounded subject. This isn’t the first time that Genghis Khan has been portrayed on the big screen (John Wayne played the famous warrior in the 1956 flop The Conqueror), but RZA’s take on the Mongol leader will probably be unlike anything we’ve seen before.
No Man’s Land sounds like a much more conventional film, but one that could still be a good step for RZA as he carves out his directorial career.
Are you excited for RZA’s directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists? What do you think of him taking on a Genghis Khan biopic and No Man’s Land? Let us know in the comments.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter