Stephen Chow Vs. Jack Black

Posted by Grey Thursday, February 25, 2010

Prepare yourself for the ultimate Bruce Lee tribute.

Generally taken with more than a pinch of salt by most major online movie magazine such as Empire and Slash Film due to the fact that ChannelNews Asia's unspecified Hong Kong Sources aren't entirely clear, the rumour out there is the long anticipated next project of Hong Kong actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director and producer, Stephen Chow's next project, following 2004's Kung Fu Hustle and the rather lackluster CJ7, might just be a ultimate homage to Bruce Lee. In fact this could just be the most literal tribute Stephen Chow (a self-confessed Bruce Lee fanatic) will ever make: A remake of Bruce Lee's classic, 1972's Way of the Dragon (猛龍過江), written and directed by Chow himself.

A brief plot synopsis of the film, courtesy of the aforementioned ChannelNews Asia article:

"Tai Chi" will be based on the 1972 film "Way of the Dragon" starring Bruce Lee. It tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.

While Empire and Slash Film'sceptism over the credibility of the news are perfectly understandable, a further insight into major entertainment tabloid in both mainland China and Hong Kong proved Channel News Asia's source with the heavy coverage of the news all over the region. Accordingly, the local media had contacted Chow to verify the news and while Chow refused to confirm any of what was earlier reported, he did not made any efforts to refute them, which should be a clear indication that the project could just be a go as reported. The general speculation is that Chow, due to contractual obligation, is not allowed to reveal more details.

Reportedly a co-production between China Film Group Corporation and an unnamed American film company, "Tai Chi" has a budget of US$60 million and will be a full feature film entirely shot in English. It has been heavily implied in most media reports that Chow had worked incessantly on the script, repeatedly refining it for years, as a results costing Columbia Pictures to pulled back from the project after prolonged delays.

Now, with Jack Black and Anne Hathaway reportedly signing to work on the film, the rumoured feature is now the next-big-thing to watched out for and could well worth Stephen Chow's aborted tenure on The Green Hornet, a role which Jay Chow was called on to fill in. All we are hoping for would be that both Stephen Chow and Jack Black could re-enact the classic showdown between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris (then relatively unknown) inside the Colosseum. I know it sounds crazy for Jack Black to stand in for the almighty Chuck Norris (he can divide by zero, among others), but it would make the perfect wacky sense in the truest sense of the word.

Let's keep an eye on this one.

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