John Wick co-director David Leitch, who also directed Atomic Blonde and this year’s Deadpool 2, may soon be remaking martial arts classic Enter the Dragon.
The 1973 Bruce Lee-starring picture could soon be getting a remake thanks to a project that Warner Bros. has been trying to put together for a while now. Spike Lee and Brett Ratner have been attached to the remake at different stages.
Deadline is now reporting that Leitch has entered early talks with WB to direct the remake, although it’s still in the early stages. The search is currently on for a screenwriter to adapt the original film, which was directed by Robert Clouse (Game of Death, The Ultimate Warrior) and written by Michael Allin (Flash Gordon). There’s also no word on who will star; following in Bruce Lee’s steps – no pressure.
Leitch certainly knows his way around action. Apart from the aforementioned pictures, Leitch has also worked as a second unit director on a number of blockbusters, including Jurassic World and Captain America: Civil War. Leitch is also set to direct Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw.
The original film followed Lee, a Shaolin martial artist who is persuaded to go undercover and attend a high-profile martial arts competition on a private island owned by suspected crime lord Han. His mission is to gather evidence that will prove Han’s involvement in drug trafficking and prostitution. Before leaving, Lee discovers that his sister’s killer is working as Han’s bodyguard. Ass kicking ensues. It’s a fantastic martial arts film. Sadly, the film saw its first release less than a week after Lee’s tragic death.