Kirk Wong, who scored his Hollywood helming debut with “The Big Hit” for TriStar Pictures, has inked to develop and direct “Blades” for Universal Pictures, sources said Friday.
Pic, described by one insider as ” ‘Blue Thunder’ for the millennium,” is an actioner about a TV news helicopter reporter who has to thwart the theft of a stealth helicopter.
Chuck Gordon is producing. Roger Garcia, who manages Wong, will also receive a producing credit that has yet to be determined.
Sources said Wong’s deal will result in a near-seven-figure payday.
Pic was originally scripted by David Engelbach and John Trevor with several rewrites, including one by John Ridley. But another rewrite is still to come.
Wong is new to U.S. auds, but is known in Hong Kong as one of the new wave of action helmers. Among his credits are “The Club,” “Lifeline Express,” “True Colors” and “Health Warning.”
He also has copped awards in the Helsinki Film Festival, Hong Kong Film Awards and the International Festival of Asian Films, among others.
UTA’s Dan Aloni and Charles Ferraro brokered the deal for Wong.