Maslansky gears up martial arts feature

Paul Maslansky is developing “The Silent Flute,” a martial arts feature based on a treatment written by Bruce Lee prior to his death in 1973.

Maslansky (“Russia House,” “Return to Oz,” the “Police Academy” franchise) has announced he’s secured financing from Hong Kong-based Bey Logan’s B&E Prods.

Maslansky produced an earlier version of the movie in 1978 — better known as “Circle of Iron” — with the late Sandy Howard. He secured rights to the project from Howard’s widow, Arlene Howard.

Maslansky’s son, Sasha Maslansky, is writing the new screenplay based on Lee’s original treatment. Bey Logan, Sasha Maslansky and Kurt Fethke will serve as producers, with David Tadman and Steve Kerridge also attached to the project as co-producers.

“‘The Silent Flute’ will be an epic martial arts adventure film that promises to honor Bruce Lee’s original artistic and philosophical conception,” said Paul Maslansky, who is exec producing. “It also promises to reach new levels of action and adventure never before seen in martial arts filmmaking.”

“Circle of Iron,” centered on a martial artist rebel — portrayed by Jeff Cooper — on a quest for the “Book of Enlightenment” and the various trials that educate him in Zen philosophy. Bruce Lee had written a part for himself as a reluctant mentor, which was played in the film by David Carradine; Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall and Eli Wallach also appeared.

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