Bruce Lee Biopic Draws ‘Adjustment Bureau’ Director (EXCLUSIVE)

George Nolfi Bruce Lee Biopic Birth
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“The Adjustment Bureau” director George Nolfi has come on board to helm Bruce Lee biopic “Birth of the Dragon” for Groundswell Productions and QED International.

The film will be produced by QED topper Bill Block, Groundswell CEO Michael London, Janice Williams, Christopher Wilkinson and Stephen Rivele. Kelly Mullen of Groundswell exec produces.

London told Variety that producers are aiming to begin shooting next spring.

The film is inspired by the true story of Bruce Lee’s historic 1965 duel with Wong Jack Man, China’s most famous kung fu master at a time when San Francisco’s Chinatown was controlled by Hong Kong Triads. The story of the match is told from the perspective of Steve Macklin, a young disciple of Lee, who ultimately joins forces with Lee and Wong to battle a vicious band of Chinatown gangsters.

The team of Wilkinson and Rivele, whose credits include “Nixon” and “Ali,”  came on board last year to write the script.

Lee began appearing in films in the early 1970s before passing away in 1973.

QED is producing Bill Murray’s “Rock the Kasbah” and financed and produced Brad Pitt’s World War II actioner “Fury.” Groundswell productions include “Milk,” “The Visitor,” “Win Win” and “Very Good Girls.”

Nolfi’s writing credits include “Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Need for Speed” and “The Adjustment Bureau,” which he adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel.

Nolfi is also an executive producer on “Allegiance,” a drama about a young CIA analyst that received a series order earlier this month from NBC. Nolfi wrote and directed the pilot.

He’s repped by WME.

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  1. Cole was amazing in his portrayal of Bruce Lee on Broadway.! His incredible skills in martial arts and acting were well worth flying to the city from Ohio to see and meet Cole. He is a very kind, intelligent young with all the attributes that would be required of him in this film. LH

  2. “Birth Of The Dragon” producers would be better off adapting playwright David Henry Hwang ‘ s recent stage production “Kung Fu”. This very entertaining and engaging play chronicled Lee’s early years as martial arts instructor in S.California, to his rise to as an international superstar. Actor Cole Horbie did a sensational job as the Bruce Lee replicating Lee’s fighting skills and proving himself a fine actor to boot. If anyone is to portray Lee on screen “Birth Of The Dragon” producers need look no further.

    • Wanda Horibe says:

      Totally agree with you, James! Even Linda, Bruce’s widow & his daughter endorsed the play and Cole!

      • Thanks for the info Linda! Glad to see the Lee family was happy with Cole. Looking forward to seeing this play again when it opens on B’Way later this year. It really made this “film snob” appreciate a live stage show, I do hope many of the cast members are carried over to the B’Way show they were ALL that good. My best to you and your family. JK

  3. harry georgatos says:

    Oliver Stone should have been the obvious choice to direct.Stone at the time was going to do Dragon The Bruce Lee Story which went to Rob Cohen. It would be good sense to appoint Stone as Nolfi is a less then aspiring filmmaker. Hated The,Adjustment,Bureau, way too bland which is not one can say about Stones filmography!

  4. cadavra says:

    Bruce Lee worked extensively as a child actor in Hong Kong pictures in the 40s and 50s, and worked in American TV in the 60s, notably as Kato on “The Green Hornet.” He also appeared in the 1969 James Garner feature “Marlowe.”

    You DO realize there’s this thing called the IMDb, right?

  5. Matt Tran says:

    Bruce Lee: one of the most successful con-men ever…

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