A film reboot of the 1972 TV series Kung Fu will be coming our way as Universal Pictures has attained the film rights to it. The studio has hired David Leitch (Hobbs and Shaw, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) to direct the movie.
The 1972 TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, an orphan of American-Asian descent, who finds himself accepted into training at a Shaolin Monastery where he grew up to be a martial arts expert. Through a series of events, Caine finds himself travelling across America in search of his half brother.
Though a peaceful Shaolin monk, Caine would still use his martial arts skills to help fight for justice and protect the innocent. Such a set up will be great for Leitch who we are sure will be able to inject his special brand of action-packed mayhem into the film.
According to Deadline, the Leitch reboot will be set in the present day, unlike the TV series that was set in the 1800s. No cast has been announced yet but a writer will be chosen soon.
Leitch and Kelly McCormick will be producing the remake through their Universal-based 87North Productions while the original Kung Fu series creator Ed Spielman will be brought on to executive produce.