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Marvel's Shang-Chi gets a MASTER for a director and a big green meanie for a producer?

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some very exciting news for Martial Arts fans everywhere. Marvel fans will be excited, too, but not as much as martial arts of the '70s, '80s and '90s fans. Marvel had a character Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu that hit right around the time Bruce Lee hit the pinnacle of his fame with ENTER THE DRAGON and his untimely death. The character never really did hit it huge, but I do remember reading some Shang-Chi comics in my youth and really enjoying them.

When Avi Arad was talking about a Shang-Chi movie I was just kind of bleh... Not excited, probably get some hack that'll get hung up on the comic and not understand the beats of Martial Arts cinema. If the below nugget is the truth, then count me dead wrong in my initial cynicism. If true, they didn't just get A master, they got THE master... Read on...

Hey Harry:

I’m unsure if this news has reached you guys already, but here goes:

On a recent interview regarding “Brokeback Mountain” with Spanish newspaper “El Mundo”, Ang Lee, when asked about future projects, revealed his status as producer on “The hands of Shang-Chi”, to be directed by Woo-Ping Yuen, and based on the martial arts comics by Marvel. He established the plot as “A martial arts master who must battle his own father, as he discovers his role as dangerous criminal”.

The interview was published here in Chile by newspaper“El Mercurio”, this Sunday, but Avi Arad confirmed a Shang-chi film to be in development in “Wizard” (issue 170), but without revealing any info on a director or producer.

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Master Yuen Woo-Ping directing, Ang Lee producing... I know this will sound like an AICN cliche, but it's almost not an exaggeration... I'm getting a boner from this news. SNAKE IN EAGLE'S SHADOW, DRUNKEN MASTER... Master Yuen Woo-Ping knows how to make a great martial arts flick. Now, who to star as Shang-Chi? Jet Li would be an obvious choice, but how about Tony Jaa? His martial arts work has the intensity, although his work isn't Kung Fu, but Muay Thai... But check out this bust of Shang-Chi... looks pretty spot on, no? What're your thoughts?



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