Ang Lee to direct Bruce Lee biopic

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Director Ang Lee is bringing a Bruce Lee biopic to the screen, and the first details of the project have landed too.

It perhaps goes without saying that Bruce Lee is one of the most iconic figures in the history of action cinema. From his showdown with Chuck Norris in the Colosseum in Way Of The Dragon to the hall of mirrors fight scene in Enter The Dragon, Lee made a huge impact leading just five feature films, as well as prolific work as an action director and his role as Kato in The Green Hornet.

It is unsurprising, then, that his story has been brought to the screen several times before. The highest profile of these was Rob Cohen’s Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, in which Jason Scott Lee took on the role. Other films include George Nolfi’s Birth Of The Dragon and Raymond Yip’s Young Bruce Lee.

Now, another version of his life is coming to the big screen, courtesy of director Ang Lee.

Lee is no stranger to action films, helming Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, which not only won him an Oscar but remains to this day the highest grossing international film in the US.

Ang Lee’s son Mason Lee will take on the title role in the movie too. Lee Jr has been in training for the past three years in order to accurately recreate Bruce Lee’s martial art Jeet Kune Do onscreen.

Foxcatcher writer Dan Futterman is currently working on the screenplay, from previous drafts by Jean Castelli, Alex Law and Mabel Cheung, and Wells Tower. Bruce’s daughter Shannon Lee is among the producers.

The biopic, currently titled Bruce Lee, will begin production soon, we’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

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