by Erin Maxwell
Marvel Studios is moving on a feature film for martial-arts superhero Iron Fist, tapping “xXx” scribe Rich Wilkes for scripting duties.
Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in the ‘70s, Iron Fist is the story of Danny Rand, a superhero whose origin story began when he plunged his hands into the heart of a dragon during battle, rendering them indestructible. The character had several short runs in comc miniseries in the ‘70s and ‘80s before re-emerging in 2006 in “The Immortal Iron Fist” and later, as a member of the New Avengers.
“Iron Fist” is part of a recent endeavor by Marvel to round up errant properties for possible reboots under the Disney banner.
In addition to the Vin Diesel actioner, Wilkes also penned “Ballad of the Whiskey Robber,” starring Johnny Depp.