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Grasshopper... Can Warners' Legendary Pictures take KUNG FU from small screen and put it onto big screen?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a bit of weirdness that hit today. It looks like Legendary Pictures (SUPERMAN RETURNS), a production house under the Warner Bros umbrella, has optioned the rights to bring the '70s cult TV show KUNG FU, starring David Carradine in his most famous role of Kwai Chang Caine, to the big screen. Strange, eh? This one all depends on who they play the lead. It'll have to be someone who will fit into David Carradine's sh... well, he didn't like shoes, did he? God, can they find anyone more perfect for this role than Carradine (or, of course, Bruce Lee who was originally supposed to play the character before getting fucked over)? What do you folks think? Who could play Caine today and not whither under Carradine's shadow?? For that matter who could play Master Po and will he have those awesome eyes?

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  • May 24, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST


    by knightrider

    ...And looking forward to this one, if it ever gets off the ground.

  • May 24, 2006, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by Bruce Leroy

    That guy from Prison Break. What's his name again...Wentworth Miller. Yeah, he's got that "intense" stare, Carradine, thing going on. But for the love of God! Ease up on the remakes already!

  • May 24, 2006, 2:25 a.m. CST

    How about Kentaro Seagal?

    by godoffireinhell

    And I'm actually serious there. It's odd to say that about Steven "Belly of the Beast" Seagal's kid but he was really fucking awesome in Yuuji Shimomura's DEATH TRANCE!

  • May 24, 2006, 2:50 a.m. CST


    by iamghetto

    Not excited. If they could somehow have Caradine be like Bill from Kill Bill 2, same type of character, I'd buy it.

  • May 24, 2006, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Carradine as Po

    by knightrider a possibility. He sort of assumed that role in the sequel series "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues". Having said that, I can imagine he'll more likely be assigned some sort of crappy cameo.

  • May 24, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST


    by Mike Nesmith

    Start from scratch...keep it in the same time period...explain the philosophy of kung fu and the monks...keep the kung fu REAL (no bullshit wire work and fantasy)...and keep the anti-racism stuff from the original series. BUT START FROM SCRATCH AND NO CARRADINE CAMEO!!!!

  • May 24, 2006, 3:49 a.m. CST

    You know what, I changed my mind: DO NOT MAKE THIS!

    by Mike Nesmith

    That original 1970s t.v. pilot/movie is a real classic. The whole fucking thing...the killing of the emperor with the spear...picking up the freaking hot coal urn with the forearms...Cain's wisdom that nevertheless always lead to him beating up some hick hillbilly...!

  • May 24, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    john carradine as..

    by nolan bautista

    ..Master Po..he was creepy in "The Howling"..he'd be a lot creepier..considering he's a dried up corpse by now..(kind of looks like David)..i like to be in that other Carradines shoes (Lizzy Mcguires dad)..i want to convince Lizzy that its ok to smoke pot w/ daddy..and share the tub when bathing

  • May 24, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by werewolfbynight

    tony jaa

  • May 24, 2006, 6:46 a.m. CST

    I forget...

    by TELF

    Was he supposed to be mixed race in the show? It'd by nice to get someone who is actually Chinese, and Kung Fu trained, for the movies.

  • May 24, 2006, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    Hahaha. Has anyone seen the cover of his new "album". (Yes, he put out an album) It looks like it was taken from a clip from really cheesy movie of his where they do a close up hands shot of him supposedly playing guitar. Then they'd show him shoulders up supposedly getting into it. Funny sh*t.

  • May 24, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Sam Jackson for Cain

    by tripp5

    It's good motherfucking Kung Fu!

  • May 24, 2006, 8 a.m. CST

    Why do I feel that Vin Diesel will be in this?

    by Doctor_Sin

    Although, he'd be okay. Not great - but okay. No Sam Jackson. Please.

  • May 24, 2006, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Just get Tony Jaa.

    by Jotham

    He fits.

  • May 24, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Seann William Scott? Jason Scott Lee

    by Southfield

  • May 24, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Perfect as Kwai Chang Kain?

    by Packin_Beef

  • May 24, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    of course, that would be....

    by Packin_Beef

    Gary Coleman!!!

  • May 24, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by Packin_Beef

    Bob Sagget!

  • May 24, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    or seriously....

    by Packin_Beef

    how about Carrot Top?

  • May 24, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Whatever - Just PLEASE no slow motion fight scenes

    by Manos

    Carradine didn't know a thing about Kung Fu when the series started. To give him his due, he learned a lot during the series (and after, for that matter), but those first fight scenes were hilarious.

  • May 24, 2006, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Somebody PLEASE make Rogue Warrior: Red Cell

    by RogueWarrior65

    I'm REALLY getting effing tired of all this remake drek coming out of Hollywood. Try something original for once. Oh and if you do make RW:RC, I don't want to see any of this wishy-washy convincing the bad guys to change their evil ways by talking to them. I want to see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth and eatin' dead and burnt bodies and kill...kill...KILL!!!

  • May 24, 2006, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Can Seth Green play the flute?

    by Fred

  • May 24, 2006, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Now, assmuncher, for your final lesson...

    by Childe Roland

    ...snatch the aged TV property rights from my attorney's hand. This idea is just so bad it's painful. And didn't Circle of Iron cover this ground theatrically already?

  • May 24, 2006, 10:15 a.m. CST

    "Once upon a China..."

    by Osmosis Jones

    "...some believe around the year one double-aught three...head priest of the White Lotus clan, Pai Mei, was walking down a road, contemplating whatever a man of Pai Mei's infinite wisdom would contemplate, which is another way of sayong who knows, when a Shaolin monk appeared on the road, travelling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in an almost unfanthomable gesture of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod...was not returned. Now, was it the monk's intention to insult Pai Mei, or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. Was IS known...were the consequences. The following morning, Pai Mai went to the Shaolin temple, and demanded of the head abbott that the monk offer his neck to Pai Mei to repay the insult. The abbott at first attempted to console Pai Mei, only to find he was, INconsolable. Thus began the massacre of the Shaolin temple, and all sixty of the monks inside. Thus also began the legend of Pai Mei's Five-Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique."

  • May 24, 2006, 10:16 a.m. CST

    And No X-Ray Shots Of Bones

    by CaptDanielRoe

    I realize that's the modern equivalent of snapping leaks off-camera to simulate breaking bones as in the olds days, but it's not as amusing.

  • May 24, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Yeah, will the 'asian' be played by whitey?

    by brycemonkey

    Just wondering... Although the coolest thing in that show was when he had to lift the cauldren thing with his forearms and get wicked dragon burn/tats... Maybe the Prison Break dude, he's used to being inked up ;-)

  • May 24, 2006, 10:29 a.m. CST

    by cyberskunk

    I hope that if this movie is made, it is not like the made-for-tv sequel movie sequel to the series that had his son (not the modern times one, which I didn't see, but this was still in the old west). There was a scene showing Caine having escaped from a prison cell by showing his handcuffs or shackles had been locked together and you could see a bird flying away through a cell window. I cannot imagine Caine being so showy that he would get out of his shackles and then stop to interlock them together for people to find.

  • May 24, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Caine should be played by Brandon Lee

    by TheBaxter

    oh. wait. nevermind. ummm... how about Jason Lee? oh, i know! how about Michael Caine? "Caine Does Caine"

  • May 24, 2006, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Known vs. unknown actors

    by Tar Heel

    I suppose Jet Li would be the popular choice that many Americans are familiar with, although any number of other Hong Kong action stars would do. I say go with an unkwown with no other cinematic baggage.

  • May 24, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Call it KUNG FOOD

    by ZeroCorpse

    and get Sammo Hung to star in it.

  • May 24, 2006, noon CST

    Jet Li. Enought said.

    by RobRed1

    redo the story the way Bruce Lee invisioned it. I know Jet Li has "retired" from Kung Fu movies. but that's the guy to cast.

  • May 24, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST

    All I Have To Do Is Hear About It


    And I'm thinking it's going to suck. That's never a good sign, when the idea sounds so craptastic that the execution is almost doomed to be craptacular, that's is almost sure to suck and blow simultaneously. I know! Why don't they make a movie not based on a TV shoe? Unless it's the guy who did Shaolin Soccer.

  • May 24, 2006, 2 p.m. CST

    Uh, since it IS a Hollywood remake

    by Vincent Gecko

    The original series starred a white dude made up to look vaguely Asian whose character was supposed to be mixed. The clear candidate for a 200X Hollywood remake is Keanu Reeves. Yes, that's right you heard it here first.

  • May 24, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    *gasp* "I know kung-fu."

    by brycemonkey

    could be right on the money there Vincent... Although I thought Hollywood stopped dressing whitey up to look 'urban' at least 20 years ago...

  • May 24, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Donnie Yen - 'nuff said ;)

    by Doctor_Sin

  • May 24, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Harry Weinstein

    Kentaro Segal - that's pretty good, actually. Keanu is not my first choice, but you could do much worse. Like Stifler, for example. Donnie Yen would work well. Perhaps Nicolas Tse - one of the more tolerable of the younger HK actors.

  • May 24, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    A Green Hornet movie would be better

    by ETI

    Tony Jaa as Kato.

  • May 24, 2006, 7:55 p.m. CST

    They should pick someone who exudes

    by veritasses

    serenity over someone with kungfu skills. Kung Fu wasn't about the martial arts so much as it was about Carradine being a cool headed Buddha Man who wears an overcoat while taking a casual stroll through Death Valley. And NO wire-fu. Leave the flying warriors in Wuxia land.

  • May 24, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    When Oh When Lord....

    by UncleEthan

    Will someone give me the $50,000.00 it would take to remake "Billy Jack" on mini DV? At that budget I could probably afford a Howard Hessman cameo...

  • May 24, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    cain on a plane

    by Soma Imp

    im sick of all this kung fu

  • May 24, 2006, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp

    by Ingeld

    is Caine. The man is a chameleon.

  • May 25, 2006, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Sal the Stockbroker as Caine...

    by Babba-Booey

    and High-Pitch Erik as Master Po.

  • May 25, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Keep him a "half-breed"

    by Darth Bono Jr.

    They need to cast someone who looks like the much-hated "half-breed" of the series...that was where a lot of the race issues came from.

  • May 25, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Will the lead be "too Chinese" then never considered?!?

    by Monkey_King

    Carradine has been riding Bruce Lee's coattails for 30 years. Give the TV series-to-Movie shit a rest Hollywood. Seriously!!!!

  • May 25, 2006, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Carradine sucks

    by Toby___Wong

    and Bruce got definitely screwed by that butt boy. Get a high profile Chinese for this (or Dacascos) or don't make the movie at all. And keep grumpy butt boy Carradine away from it. I hardly ever saw a lamer actor than Carradine. Kill Bill my ass.

  • May 25, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Mark Dacascos is the only choice

    by Meretean

    He doesn't need to learn to fight first - he's the real deal. He doesn't need yellowface - he's the real deal. And he speaks American - because he's the real deal.

  • May 25, 2006, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Another TV show to movie adaptation. Whatever.

    by Orbots Commander

  • May 25, 2006, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu: The Legend Continues . . . Again

    by Tall_Boy

    And so forth...

  • May 25, 2006, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Dacascos can't do it!

    by mbeemer

    He&#39;s too busy doing American Iron Chef! <g>

  • May 25, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    the original...

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

    ...was cool because of when (70s) and how (low key-drama over action-realistic fights) )it was made - this remake will suck because of its intended audience - modern teenagers - but - if its handled similarly as "the bourne..." movies it might work

  • May 25, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    My concern is the actors who will be picked.....

    by millermeusa

    God!! Please keep Beyonce away from this one!!!!!!!

  • May 28, 2006, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Who should play Caine

    by glodene

    After seeing Zathura, Dax Shepard is the only logical choice. He knows how to tiptoe real good.