Directors Allen and Albert Hughes will square off in “Kung Fu,” the bigscreen adaptation of the 1970s classic TV series for Warner Bros.-based Legendary Pictures.
Cory Goodman (“Priest”) is rewriting the script. Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Scott Mednick and Jon Jashni are producing; series creator Ed Spielman exec produces.
The Hughes brothers, who blazed onto the scene with “Menace 2 Society,” haven’t helmed a feature since the 2002 Johnny Depp drama “From Hell.”
Since then, they’ve become prolific blurb directors, doing spots with the likes of Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter for such brands as Pepsi, Coke, Reebok, Heineken, Adidas, Nike and Sprite. They also directed videos for such bands as Korn.
The brothers were among several hip directors who coveted the “Kung Fu” job, and it was an assignment they sought for two years. WB production prexy Jeff Robinov, who gave them the job, agented them before he became a studio exec.
Goodman will rewrite a script by Howard Friedlander — a writer on the original series — and Spielman. The Zen spirit of that David Carradine skein will be preserved in the film, which is on course for a production start next year.
Legendary and WB will co-finance. Goal is a 2008 release that will help foster WB’s expansion into China and wrap nicely into promotion at the Beijing Olympics.
The producers have already reached out to the Shaolin Temple outside Beijing, where nonviolent monks train in martial arts and were the inspiration for the series protag, Caine.
Goodman’s repped by CAA and Industry, the Hughes brothers by WMA.